Water Plans

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Under federal legislation (PL 97-293, RRA of 1982 Section 210 (a), (b) and (c) and Reclamation Manual Directives and Standards; and Regulations 43-CFR-427), IID is required to prepare a federal Water Conservation Plan every five years and to adopt economically feasible objectives to meet the requirement for reasonable and beneficial use.

Under state legislation (CWC Division 6, Parts 2.1, 2.55, 2.8. and 2.9), agricultural water suppliers are required to prepare an agricultural water management plan to achieve conservation of water no later than December 31, 2012, update it on December 31, 2015, and on or before December 31 every five years thereafter, implement efficiency practices, and report annual aggregate gate water delivery.

State legislation (CWC Section 10828) further provides that “Agricultural water suppliers that are required to submit water conservation plans to USBR pursuant to . . . the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982, may submit those water conservation plans to satisfy the requirements of Section 10826, if both of the following apply: (1) The agricultural water supplier has adopted and submitted the water conservation plan to USBR within the previous four years. (2) USBR has accepted the water conservation plan as adequate; and that (b) This part does not require ag water suppliers that are required to submit water conservation plans to USBR pursuant to . . . the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982, to prepare and adopt water conservation plans according to a schedule that is different from that required by the United States Bureau of Reclamation.”