Design and Analysis of Management Programs and Depletion Rules for the Conservation of Ground- Water

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On the basis of an analysis of available groundwater district rules, primarily from Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, three fundamental elements of groundwater management programs have been adopted to preserve and enhance groundwater resources in a designated area:

  • An aquifer maintenance goal,
  • The delineation of sub-areas of management, and
  • Development and implementation of depletion rules.

This report summarizes the principal features of several groundwater management programs and then develops three hypothetical management plans for the Panhandle Ground Water Conservation District No. 3 (the District) Board of Directors (the Board) to consider as possible templates during the development of a management program for the District. The hypothetical management plans are also intended to illustrate to the Board the actual level of conservation that would be required to meet the various management goals.


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