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Beneficiary | Reservoirs


The Utah Division of Water Resources is one of 12 beneficiaries of Utah’s trust lands. SITLA generates revenue from the 342,382 acres of land held in trust for Utah’s reservoirs, and deposits the revenue into a Permanent Fund. Interest and dividends from this permanent trust, along with all non-land sale revenues, are distributed to the Division of Water Resources annually.

The Division of Water Resources uses these funds to assist it in its mission of providing technical and financial assistance to encourage the highest beneficial uses of water consistent with economic, social and environmental considerations. The Division also identifies future water needs and implements water management, conservation and development strategies and defends and protects Utah’s rights to develop and use its entitlement to interstate streams.

Reservoirs
Historical Distributions and Permanent Fund Balances

Fiscal Year Annual Distributions Fund Balance
2019 $269,683 $8,337,346
2018 $257,070 $8,015,599
2017 $256,404 $7,615,423
2016 357,828 $7,186,829
2015 $562,627 $7,216,079
2014 $589,901 $7,075,997
2013 $346,300 $5,668,103
2012 $502,754 $5,082,859
2011 $539,979 $5,115,343
2010 $436,158 $4,386,832
2009 $543,509 $4,161,351
2008 $872,139 $4,961,392
2007 $915,903 $4,970,112
2006 $437,133 $4,434,549
2005 $411,798 $3,813,075
2004 $227,041 $3,459,764
2003 $219,779 $2,988,181