Legal and Regulatory Considerations in Agricultural Drainage Water Management

by Michael A. Campos, Baker, Manock and Jensen, Fresno, United States,
Lonnie Wass, Baker, Manock and Jensen, Fresno, United States,
Larry Puckett, Baker, Manock and Jensen, Fresno, United States,
Raymond L. Carlson, Baker, Manock and Jensen, Fresno, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives

Abstract: The institutional and jurisdictional framework applicable to agricultural drainage limits disposal of such flows to evaporation ponds for the foreseeable future. Originally seen as an agricultural productivity issue, management of agricultural drainage has been transformed within a few years into a significant water quality and environmental issue. Enforcement of state and federal water quality and wildlife protection statutes will likely result in additional operational constraints imposed on agricultural drainage. this paper addresses the legal consequences related to ownership and operation of agricultural evaporation ponds.

Subject Headings: Drainage | Water quality | Irrigation water | Evaporation | Drainage basins | Quality control | Wildlife

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