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RAPID/Geothermal/Alaska/Water Access & Rights +Yes if below 120 degrees Celsius  +
RAPID/Geothermal/California/Water Access & Rights +No  +
RAPID/Geothermal/Colorado/Water Access & Rights +Yes - The use of water as a material medium is recognized as a beneficial use of such water. All applications to appropriate groundwater in order to utilize its geothermal energy shall be considered an application to appropriate geothermal fluid. (2) (a) Prior to the production of geothermal fluid from a well, other than for flow-testing purposes, a permit to appropriate shall be obtained from the state engineer. This requirement shall not apply to nondiversionary utilization methods (i.e., non-consumptive uses of the geothermal fluids); however, such exemption shall not prevent the developer of a geothermal resource from establishing a property right based on his actual utilization.  +
RAPID/Geothermal/Federal/Water Access & Rights +Given the rights conveyed and the applicable definition of “geothermal resources,” developers do not need to obtain a state water right related to the extraction of hot water and brines that are part of the geothermal resource/formation. The right to extract water, brines, and fluids for the purposes of geothermal development is inherent in the rights conveyed under a federal geothermal lease.  +
RAPID/Geothermal/Hawaii/Water Access & Rights +No  +
RAPID/Geothermal/Idaho/Water Access & Rights +The use of geothermal resources does not require a permit to appropriate water in Idaho unless it will decrease groundwater in any aquifer or other groundwater source or measurably decrease groundwater available from prior water rights. However, the use of low temperature geothermal resources does require a permit to appropriate water. [https://openei.org/wiki/RAPID/Roadmap/2 Preliminary Site Considerations]  +
RAPID/Geothermal/Montana/Water Access & Rights +Yes, unless an exception applies. State water laws apply to all geothermal developments involving the production and diversion of geothermal fluids, unless the limited exception in [[MCA Title 85 - Water Use | MCA 85-2-306(3)]] applies. Nonconsumptive closed-loop geothermal development not within the boundaries of the controlled groundwater area may fit within the exception. Montana does label groundwater as a public reserve that must be appropriated for beneficial use. [https://openei.org/wiki/RAPID/Roadmap/2 Preliminary Site Considerations]  +
RAPID/Geothermal/Nevada/Water Access & Rights +Under Nevada Revised Statutes 534A.040 only consumptive uses of water brought to the surface outside of a geothermal well are subject to the appropriation procedures of NRS 533 and 534 unless: * The water that is removed from an aquifer or geothermal reservoir to develop and obtain geothermal resources is returned to or reinjected into the same aquifer or reservoir; or * Reasonable loss of water results from geothermal well testing or temporary failure of all or part of a system that removes water from an aquifer or geothermal reservoir, transfers the heat from the water and reinjects that water into the same aquifer or reservoir.  +
RAPID/Geothermal/New Mexico/Water Access & Rights +No, if the water is over 250 degrees Fahrenheit and all diverted groundwater is reinjected as soon as practicable into the same groundwater source, resulting in no new new depletions.  +
RAPID/Geothermal/Oregon/Water Access & Rights +Yes, if the bottom hole temperature is less than 250 degrees Fahrenheit.  +
RAPID/Geothermal/Texas/Water Access & Rights +There is a discrepancy as to whether geothermal water, including injected water, is regulated as water or as a mineral due to the high salt content of the water. [From Texas GRR Meeting-2013_06_12_TX_flowchart_workshop_minutes.docx]  +
RAPID/Geothermal/Utah/Water Access & Rights +Yes- Permit required from the [[Utah Department of Natural Resources]] and the [[Utah Division of Water Rights]] to appropriate any waters within the state.  +
RAPID/Geothermal/Washington/Water Access & Rights +Pursuant to [[RCW 78.60 Geothermal Resources | RCW 78.60.060]], developers that remove and reinject water in a “closed loop” system in order to obtain geothermal resources are not subject to the appropriation rules and procedures outlined in [[RCW 90.44 Regulation of public groundwaters]]. In addition, water reasonably lost during the testing of a geothermal well or the temporary failure of a “closed loop” system is exempted from [[RCW 90.44 Regulation of public groundwaters | RCW 90.44]].  +
RAPID/Hydropower/Alaska/Water Access & Rights +A project may need a water right if the project requires "consumptive use of more than 5,000 gallons per day…consumptive use of more than 500 gallons per day from a single source for more than ten (10) calendar days per year...non-consumptive use of more than 30,000 gallons per day from a single source" or "water use that may adversely affect the water rights of other appropriators or the public interest." [[Title 11 Alaska Administrative Code Chapter 93 Water Management|11 AAC 93.035(b)]].  +
RAPID/Hydropower/California/Water Access & Rights +A project may need a water right if the project requires storing 25 acre-feet or more of water, or the purpose of use is "industrial...[or] power." [[Title 23 CCR Waters |23 CCR § 655]] The [[California State Water Resources Control Board]] only grants water rights for beneficial use. [[Title 23 CCR Waters |23 CCR §§ 659-674]].  +
RAPID/Hydropower/Colorado/Water Access & Rights +A project may need a water right if the project requires storing or consuming ground or surface water for power generation. [[Colorado Energy Office, Small Hydropower Handbook|Colorado Small Hydropower Handbook, at p. 10]]. The [[Colorado Division of Water Resources]] only grants a water right when the use is beneficial. [[Colorado – C.R.S. 37-82 et seq., Appropriation and Use of Water| C.R.S. § 37-82-101]].  +
RAPID/Hydropower/New York/Water Access & Rights +A project may need a Protection of Waters Permit if the project requires modifying or disturbing the course, channel or bed of any stream or removal of any sand, gravel or other material from the bed or banks of a stream. [[New York - Environmental Conservation Law, General Provisions|N.Y. Env. Cons. L. § 15-0501(1)-(2)]]; [[New York – Protection of Waters Program]].  +
RAPID/Hydropower/Vermont/Water Access & Rights +A project may need a Lake Encroachment Permit and/or a Stream Alteration Permit if the project requires encroachment beyond the mean water level or a lake or pond and/or changing, altering, or modifying the course, current, or cross section of any water-course or resource waters by moving, filling, or excavating ten (10) cubic yards or more of instream material annually. [[Title 29 Chapter 11 Management of Lakes and Ponds|10 V.S.A. § 401]]; [[10 V.S.A. Chapter 41 Regulation of Stream Flow|10 V.S.A. §1021(a)]].  +
RAPID/Hydropower/Washington/Water Access & Rights +A project may need a water right or other approval from the [[Washington Department of Ecology]] or a local conservancy board if the project requires a consumptive use of surface or groundwater. The [[Washington Department of Ecology]] only grants water rights for beneficial use.  +