Updated: April 29, 2002


DESCRIPTION:        Covering all of Davis County, this area includes the surface sources draining from the Wasatch Range, on the eastern boundary, westward to the Great Salt Lake.  Major streams include Mill Creek, Holbrook Canyon, Davis Creek, Shepard Creek, Baer Creek, and Kays Creek.  This area is bounded on the north by the Weber Delta in Weber County, on the east by the East Canyon Creek drainage, on the south by the Jordan River Valley, and on the west by the Great Salt Lake.  The highest point in the area is a 9,706 foot unnamed peak at the head of the South Fork of Kays Creek, while the lowest is the Great Salt Lake at about 4,200 feet, giving a total relief of about 5,500 feet.  Much of this area is served by public water suppliers for both potable and secondary water.  Click here to see a map of the area.


MANAGEMENT:     Five Proposed Determination of Water Rights books have been published.  Four were published for the Southern Davis Division in 1966, and one for the Centerville Division on 1970.  No final decrees have been issued.  There are no state-administered distribution systems in this area.  This area is covered by the Bountiful Subarea Ground-water Management Plan and the Weber Delta Subarea Ground-water Management Plan.  There are approximately 5,200 water rights on file with the State Engineer in this area.


SOURCES:                SURFACE  WATER - Surface waters are generally considered to be fully appropriated.  New diversions and consumptive uses in these sources must be accomplished by change applications filed on existing rights.  Non-consumptive use applications, such as hydroelectric power generation, will be considered on their individual merits.


GROUND WATER - There is a limited ground-water resource available.  New appropriations are limited to 1.0 acre-foot per year in areas not served by a public supply system.  Large projects must be accomplished by change applications on existing rights.  Changes from surface to underground sources, and vice versa, are also considered on their individual merits, with emphasis on their potential to interfere with existing rights and to ensure that there is no enlargement of the underlying rights.  Applicants are placed on notice that development should be pursued as soon as possible.  Extension of time requests will be critically reviewed beyond the initial five year period.


GENERAL:                Applications are advertised in the Davis County Clipper.  The general irrigation diversion duty for this area, which the State Engineer uses for evaluation purposes, is 4.0 acre-feet per acre per year.  The consumptive use requirement is determined from the publication Consumptive Use of Irrigated Crops in Utah, Research Report 145, Utah State University, 1994.  This area is administered by the Weber River Regional Office in Salt Lake City.


REFERENCES:         Technical Publication No. 5, Ground Water in the East Shore Area, Utah: Part I, Bountiful District, Davis County; Utah State Engineer; 1948.


Technical Publication No. 35, Ground-water Conditions in the East Shore Area, Box Elder, Davis, and Weber Counties, Utah, 1960-69; Utah Department of Natural Resources; 1972.


Technical Publication No. 90, Seepage Studies of the Weber River and the Davis-Weber and Ogden Valley Canals, Davis and Weber Counties, Utah, 1985; Utah Department of Natural Resources; 1987.


Technical Publication No. 93, Ground-Water Resources of the East Shore Area of the Great Salt Lake, Utah, and Simulated Effects of Ground-Water Withdrawals; Utah Department of Natural Resources; 1990.


Technical Publication No. 95, Ground-Water Resources and Simulated Effects of withdrawals in the Bountiful Area, Utah; Utah Department of Natural Resources; 1991.


Basic Data Report No. 1, Records and Water-Level Measurements of Selected Wells and Chemical Analyses of Ground Water, East Shores Areas, Weber and Box Elder Counties, Utah; Utah State Engineer; 1961.


Basic Data Report No. 45, Selected Hydrologic Data from Wells in the East Shore Area of the Great Salt Lake, Utah, 1985; Utah Department of Natural Resources; 1986.


Information Bulletin No. 8, Projected 1975 Municipal Water Use Requirements, Davis County, Utah; Utah State Engineer; 1962.


MODELING:            Regional Ground-Water Flow, Carbonate-Rock Province, Nevada, Utah, and Adjacent States; USGS Open-File Reports 93-170 and 93-420; 1993.


Weber Delta Ground-water Flow Model, 1990.


Bountiful Area Ground-water Flow Model, 1992.