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Dannielle Gray - Annual Meeting



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  • 1. Arkansas Water Plan & Non-Riparian Water Use Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Little Rock, ArkansasSaline River, near Benton AR
  • 2. Overview State Resources Current State Water Plan Title III - Non-Riparian Water Use Program State Water Plan Update
  • 3. ANRC Mission Statement:“To manage and protect our waterand land resources for the health,safety and economic benefit of theState of Arkansas.”
  • 4. The Natural State  Average 54 inches of rainfall annually  Population approximately 2.7 million  600,000 acres of lakes  9,700 miles of streams and rivers  2 ½ million acres of national forests  6 national park sites  7 national scenic byways  3 state scenic byways  50 state parksKings River Falls – near Boston, AR
  • 5. State Water UseFish & Wildlife Enhancement Agriculture Industry Recreation
  • 6. Current Arkansas Water Plan
  • 7. The Arkansas Water Plan Arkansas Code § 15-22-503 (1969) “…a comprehensive program for the orderly development and management of the state’s water and related land resources…” “..the plan shall be the state policy for the development of water and related land resources in this state…”
  • 8. Pre- and Post-19691939 Report 1975 Report
  • 9. 1990 Revision inventories Water Plan Compliance 12 Basin reports & Executive Summary
  • 10. Arkansas Basin Reports Defined by drainage basins of principle rivers Quantification of surface & groundwater  Baseline for water management activities
  • 11. Challenges Identified in 1990 Project financing Surface water supply Ground water depletion Availability of excess surface water Non-point source pollution Recreation Lack of public awareness of water issues
  • 12. Results of 1990 Recommendations General obligation bond program Revised ANRC surface water rules Arkansas Groundwater Protection and Management Act (1991) Tax credit programs for conversion from ground to surface water use Non-point pollution program in cooperation with EPA Excess surface water projects
  • 13. Title III - RULES FOR THE UTILIZATION OF SURFACE WATER Water Use Registration Program Non-Riparian Water Use Permit Program Excess Surface Water  defined as 25% of the average annual yield from any watershed above that amount required to satisfy all of the following: • Registered use prior to 1989 • Firm yield of all affected reservoirs existing on June 28, 1985 • Maintenance of minimum stream flows where established • Future projected water needs
  • 14. Water Rights Reasonable Use Doctrine  “fair share” Associated with land Allocation priorities  Sustain life  Maintain health  Increase wealth
  • 15. Riparian vs. Non-RiparianRiparian Water Use - Use of surface waters on land that is contiguous to the source surface water  Includes easements and leased land if the lease or easement was acquired prior to March 1, 1990.Non-Riparian Water Use – Use of surface water on land that is not contiguous to the surface water
  • 16. Water Rights associated with land Non-Riparian Riparian Land
  • 17. Rule of Thumb If the water will crossproperty lines before use, an application must be submitted to be in compliance with the program.
  • 18. SWP Basin Annual Stream-flows Permitted Totals As Of September 2011Basin Name ARKANSAS DELTA/EAST ARK RED RIVER OUACHITA WHITEDrainage (SQMI) 10,409 11,210 4,488 13,067 11,684Basin SW Yield (AC-FT) 29,900,000 62,600,000 25,418,689 16,400,000 18,300,000Instream Flow (AC-FT) 18,600,000 39,100,000 15,251,088 10,500,000 11,200,000Future Needs (AC-FT) 600,000 1,500,000 860,073 1,500,000 300,000Available SW (AC-FT) 10,700,000 16,700,000 9,307,744 4,400,000 6,800,000Excess (AC-FT) 2,700,000 4,200,000 2,326,936 1,100,000 1,700,000Permitted (AC-FT) 126,061 674,815 0 126,085 43,107Percent of Excess Permitted 5% 16% 0% 11.5% 2.5%
  • 19. DenseActivityCounties
  • 20. Regional Planning
  • 21. Water Plan UPDATE 2011-2014
  • 22. Ongoing Revision The plan “…shall from time to time be revised, updated, and amended as new information, projects and developments shall occur…” Arkansas Code 15-22-504 This is an ongoing process: the annual report on groundwater, project approvals, and other research and planning, build the body of knowledge under the plan
  • 23. Potential for Arkansas Water Plan Comprehensive Revision We can learn from other state’s recent efforts Public participation component The process should be comprehensive, since the legislature intended the plan to guide our public water policy: “All state agencies, commissions, and political subdivisions shall take the plan into consideration in all matters pertaining to the discharge of their respective duties and responsibilities…”
  • 24. Major Components Law and policy research and discussion Public education and outreach Technical analysis  Current supply/quality  Future supply  Current infrastructure  Future infrastructure
  • 25. Broad Process Steps Scoping Resource inventories and data gathering Forecasting availability, need, & limitations Management strategy development (Public participation begins)(Regional basis) Plan development (Heavy public involvement)(Regional basis) Plan implementation and updating
  • 26. 2011 Actions Appoint a small scoping committee Scoping meetings Solicit engineering/environmental firms to conduct resource assessments of surface and ground water and infrastructure Water education program
  • 27. “Water encyclopedia”
  • 28. Projected timeline for Arkansas Water Plan update2011 2012 2013 2014 Legislature Water education program Policy review and public involvement Scoping Draft Legislation Resource assessments Forecasting Technical phase Regional management strategy formulation Draft plan & Public review Planning phase 28
  • 29. Conclusion State Resources State Water Plan (Current & Update) Non-Riparian Water Use Take home message: Update to the state water plan is currently underway, and your input is needed!  Stay informed: • • • Facebook: Arkansas Water Plan  Get involved: • Water education program • Data collection/review • Policy review • Public meetings  ANRC is working cooperatively with stakeholders, state and federal agencies, industry personnel, and the public to ensure that we protect the states abundant water resources within the scope of our authority
  • 30. QUESTIONS?  (501) 682-3915