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The commissioner will, in his or her discretion, initiate an administrative basin-wide adjudication by issuing an order that will, in the commissioner's discretion, contain some or all of the following information:
(1) a written consent by the federal government to participate in the administrative adjudication and to have its claim to federal reserved water rights adjudicated in the process;
(2) a reference to the authorizing statute, AS 46.15.165 , and statement of intent to adjudicate all water rights claims, including federal reserved water rights, pending, permitted, or certified in the area;
(3) a description of the purpose of the basin-wide adjudication;
(4) a description of the geographic and hydrologic area under adjudication;
(5) a description of the surface water bodies and ground water aquifer systems, including names if possible;
(6) a legal description of the adjudication area, including meridian, township, range, section, and aliquot parts;
(7) a notice that public and private water utilities will represent water users purchasing water from the utilities;
(8) a description of the time period during which the federal government or any other person may file a claim to have federal reserved water rights adjudicated;
(9) a notice that new water rights applications in the adjudication area will be accepted and included in the adjudication if filed within a stated period of time after the close of the newspaper publication period;
(10) a notice that the adjudication will not preclude the filing of future applications for water rights under AS 46.15, but that such rights will be junior in priority to those adjudicated under these proceedings; and
(11) the address and office location to obtain further information.
History: Eff. 11/7/90, Register 116
Authority: AS 46.15.020
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