Natural Resources

Efficiently and responsibly managing and protecting our water and land resources for the sustainability, health, safety, and economic benefit of the State of Arkansas

Groundwater Protection and Management Program

Mission Statement

To manage and protect the groundwater resources in Arkansas for human, environmental and economic benefit.

Program Summary

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (Commission) is the State's water resources planning and management agency. The Commission is responsible for state-level planning, management, and protection of our groundwater resources. This is accomplished through monitoring aquifer water levels and water quality, implementing best management practices (BMPs), conservation, enforcing the proper construction of water wells, and education. The Commission works closely with other state and federal agencies to monitor a dynamic water well network of approximately 1000 sites for water level and water-quality information. The Commission's Groundwater Management and Protection Programs are summarized below.

  • Pursuant to the Arkansas Groundwater Protection and Management Act of 1991, the Commission produces an annual groundwater report on the condition of the State's groundwater resources. This report summarizes the monitoring well network data and provides a yearly update on the tax credit and water use registration programs. The data collected for this report is used to influence policy and program recommendations, such as Critical Groundwater Area designation.
  • Water Well Construction Commission licensing, permitting, and enforcement
  • Water Well Construction Report Database
  • Groundwater Conservation Tax Credit Program
  • Water Use Registration Program
  • Provide technical assistance on water well construction report database inquiries, water well policy questions, and general geology, hydrogeology, and water supply availability questions

Click here to view the 2022 Arkansas Groundwater Summit Proceedings

Groundwater Reports

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For more information contact:
Corbin Cannon
10421 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone (501) 682-3983
Fax (501) 682-3991