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Office of the Secretary

 Surface Water Management Program 

 

 Surface Water Management Act - La. R S 30:961-963

Act 955 of 2010

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.

 

Act 261 of 2012

Extended the Surface Water Management Act through year 2014, and added legislative oversight to out of state surface water uses. 

Other Recent Legislative Acts-

Act 285 of 2014

 

Act 556 of 2014

 

Related Information-

HCR 1 of 2010 

“Managing Louisiana’s Ground Water Resources, With Supplemental Information on Surface Water Resources: An Interim Report to the Louisiana Legislature.” (March 2012).

 

 

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

Preliminary Draft Statewide Ground Water Management Plan, Sept. 2, 2010.  

Also, in accordance with 2010’s House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 1, the state Ground Water Commission has produced a report,

“Managing Louisiana’s Ground Water Resources, With Supplemental Information on Surface Water Resources: An Interim Report to the Louisiana Legislature.” (March 2012).

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, 09-029109-014810-0173, 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.