Office of the Secretary
Surface Water Management Program
Surface Water Management Act - La. R S 30:961-963
The Louisiana Legislature has directed that the Department of Natural Resources provide in the management, preservation, conservation and protection of the state's water resources and to enter into cooperative agreements with water users for the withdrawal of running surface water from state-owned water bodies.
Extended the Surface Water Management Act through year 2014, and added legislative oversight to out of state surface water uses.
Other Recent Legislative Acts-
- Application for Surface Water Use
- Online Application Tracking System
- Running Surface Water Use - Cooperative Endeavor Agreement Form
- Overview Presentation, Sept. 2010
- Surface Water Management Information Pamphlet
To make Application for Surface Water Use- http://sonris-www.dnr.state.la.us/www_root/sonris_portal_1.htm
Questions about the applications can be made to Thomas.Vanbiersel@la.gov or call 225-342 1813.
Questions about the economic impact statement information can be made to Edward.OBrien@la.gov or call 225-342-8573.
Summary of Louisiana Water Resources Law
To view a summary of law governing water resources in Louisiana, see the
Also, in accordance with 2010’s House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 1, the state Ground Water Commission has produced a report,
Additionally, the Louisiana Attorney General's Office has provided several legal opinions on the use of surface water. A link to the opinions are as follows: 08-0176, 09-0028, 09-0066, 09-0291, 09-0148, 10-0173, and 10-0289.
Subsequent to issuance of these opinions, an interagency MOU was issued.
Ground Water Resources
For information on the state's Ground Water Resources Program, view these DNR webpages: http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=455&pnid=0&nid=173
Ground water well registration data can be retrieved from the DNR SONRIS Lite menu at www.sonris.com by searching Water Wells by Longitude Latitude. For additional water well registration database information, please contact the Office of Conservation, Enviornmental Division at 225-342-8244.