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Projects To Restore Natural Stream Systems

Concerning activities that restore the environmental health of natural stream systems without administration.
2023 Regular Session
Bill Summary

The act states that the following projects within a natural stream system for certain restoration purposes (stream restoration project) do not cause material injury to a vested water right and are not an unnecessary dam or other obstruction:

  • A stream restoration project that is limited to certain minor restoration activities; and
  • A stream restoration project that has obtained any applicable permits or is under construction or completed by August 1, 2023.

The act prohibits the owner or proponent of a stream restoration project from installing the stream restoration project in a manner that adversely affects water diversion or measurement structures without the permission of the owners of the structures.

APPROVED by Governor June 5, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details