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 of aquifer water levels and water quality, the implementation of best management practices (BMPs), conservation, enforcement of the proper construction of water wells, and education. These goals are accomplished through a strong working with the public and with other agencies. The Commission's Groundwater Management and Protection Programs are summarized below.

Important Facts and Responsibilities

The Commission works closely with other state and federal agencies to monitor a water well network of over 1200 sites for water level and water-quality information.

  • 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, along with recommendations on critical areas.
  • Coordination of the Arkansas Groundwater Protection and Management Committee
  • Implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to prevent nonpoint source pollution
  • Enforcement of the Water Well Construction Commission Rules and Regulations
  • Provide technical assistance on hydrogeology and water supply availability

Groundwater Reports

For more information contact:
Ryan Benefield P.E., Deputy Director
10421 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone (501) 682-3962
Fax (501) 682-3991

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