On December 9, 2014, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission approved initiating rulemaking for the Update to the Arkansas Water Plan. The current documents are here:
Welcome from Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Director J. Randy Young P.E.
There is no resource more important to our state than water. We depend upon water for our very existence. Water grows the food we eat, nourishes our bodies, and supports our businesses, industries, and overall economy. Water is equally vital to our natural environment, fisheries, wildlife, and recreation opportunities.
I invite all Arkansans to join me in charting our path forward for the wise and efficient use, management, and development of our precious water resources.
It has been over 20 years since we completed our last comprehensive update of the Water Plan. In 2011, we embarked on our current update. The cooperation and support of all of our citizens, our various water use sectors, and our political and business leaders are vital to ensure a successful process.
Get involved in the public participation process and become part-owner in the 2014 Arkansas Water Plan.
The Benefits of Water Planning
Statewide water planning has a long history in Arkansas. The Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission started handling the Plan in 1969. In 1985, the legislature directed the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission to update the original plan and this update was completed in 1990. The 1990 Arkansas State Water Plan was successful in addressing the needs of the state over the last two decades. Click here to view the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND BASIN REPORTS ON THE ANRC SITE.
During the water plan update, projected water needs will be evaluated to the year 2050 for all of our state's major water demand sectors Municipal, Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural, and Energy.
Estimates of available water supplies will also be completed incorporating needs to protect fish and wildlife.
Where shortfalls between supply and needs occur, solutions will be identified to help ensure a safe and reliable water supply for our citizens and the environment.