Reminder to All Irrigators

Irrigation
November 2, 2020

If you are planning to expand irrigation to acres that have not been previously irrigated, it is important to check with the LCNRD staff before doing so. As of August 1, 2014 LCNRD requires well permits for high capacity wells and permits for expanding irrigation to acres that have not been previously irrigated. If the acres proposed for irrigation are steep and include highly erodible soil types, a conservation plan may be required on those acres.

LCNRD implemented these requirements in order to establish and maintain a reliable database of irrigated acres in the District and to ensure beneficial use of groundwater. If you have any questions, need a well permit, or irrigated acre expansion permit application contact LCNRD.

Requirements include:
• A permit approved by the LCNRD board of directors for all new high capacity well development.
• A permit approved by the LCNRD board of directors for adding irrigated acres when expansion is with a new system or an increase of more than 5 acres to existing systems.
• No transfer of groundwater more than 1 mile from the well.
• If you are expanding irrigation with comingled wells, three or more comingled wells can only be approved for irrigation on up to 160 acres.

LCNRD’s Rules and Regulations allow producers to continue to develop and expand their operation while staying in compliance with the law. To date, just over 14,740 new irrigated acres and 270 new well permits have been approved by the LCNRD board since initial adoption of the Groundwater Quantity Rules and Regulations in 2014.

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