AGENCY: Department of Natural Resources. Division of Water Rights

SERIES: 27194
TITLE: Water rights proof maps
DATES: 1903-
ARRANGEMENT: Alphanumerical by Hanger and Page.

DESCRIPTION: This series documents how and where water from a water source is being used within the state. Records are used to verify the construction and location of water distribution assets such as dams, ditches, wells, and other diversionary structures as well as to verify where and how water is being used. Records are also used when adjudicating water rights, evaluating water use on a local or regional scale, and whenever changes are made to underlying water rights. Series information may contain (1) statements indicating locations where water is diverted and where and how it is being used, (2) statements indicating the quantity of water being diverted from a defined source, (3) descriptions of major features pertaining to water rights, including maps, topography, profiles, drawings, and/or reservoir area-capacity curves, (4) descriptions of any diversionary works constructed, such as diversions, dams, ditches, wells, etc., and (5) descriptions of installed measuring devices. Cartographic records which contain the officially designated record copy of maps created by an agency. These records document unique cartographic information about the state of Utah. They may include maps, charts, aerial photographs, globes, models, and raised relief maps these are a graphic representation of the earth?s surface drawn to scale.


Permanent. Retain for 6 year(s)


Transfer to Archives.


Retention and disposition for this series is authorized by Archives general schedule Cartographic records, GRS-1747

AUTHORIZED: 04/26/2011


Maps: Retain in Office for 1 year and then transfer to State Records Center. Retain in State Records Center for 5 years and then transfer to State Archives with authority to weed.

Digital image: Retain in Office permanently.


Administrative Historical Legal

UCA 73-3-16.¶These records have legal value as they verify "evidence of priority" for water rights.They also have historical value as they document land ownership and use, including ranching, domestic needs, mining, and irrigation. They also outline construction plans for dams, ditches, and irrigation systems and demonstrate a range of building techniques related to the diversion and transportation of water.