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Aquifer Restriction - Fully Appropriated Aquifers

aquifer mapThe Water Management Board determined that the Tulare East James aquifer (public notice) and Tulare Western Spink Hitchcock aquifer (public notice) are fully appropriated and provided notice of a 30-day period (ended noon Central Standard Time on February 25, 2015) during which the board accepted applications in the event water becomes available in the future.

The combined area of the aquifers cover portions of Spink, Beadle and eastern Hand counties. A map showing the approximate location of both aquifers is available here. Please note that DENR cannot guarantee the presence of the aquifers within the boundaries or the lack of presence outside the boundaries -- reliance on the map is at your discretion.

Complete applications received during the 30-day application period were given a priority ranking by the state Water Management Board through a random selection process established by the board. The priority ranking occurred at the May 2015 Water Management Board meeting.

If water becomes available at some future date, the priority ranking will be used to determine the order in which applications are processed to place the water to use.

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