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(a) Within 30 days after signing a department order to designate a geographic or hydrologic area as a critical water management area, or revoke or amend a designation, the commissioner will announce the decision by publishing the order in a newspaper of general circulation in the affected area once a week for four consecutive weeks. The order will also be mailed to permittees or certificate holders of record and property owners of record in the area; affected federal, state, and local agencies, and affected regional and village corporations.
(b) After the commissioner takes action under (a) of this section, the department may take the following actions:
(1) restrict or deny the acceptance of applications for new water appropriations or applications for additional quantities for existing appropriators of record, until the order is amended or revoked;
(2) seek voluntary agreement among permittees and certificate holders to limit the quantity of their water use on an equitably apportioned basis during all or part of the year;
(3) fix a time limit for accepting new applications for water rights for existing water uses;
(4) designate all water uses as significant;
(5) require notice of all applications;
(6) require conservation measures;
(7) take any other actions necessary to fully inform the public of the order; or
History: Eff. 11/7/90, Register 116; am 8/20/2004, Register 171
Authority: AS 46.15.010
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