LBNRD calls for well-drilling timeout in some areas

DAVENPORT — After several months of board deliberations, the Little Blue Natural Resources District is ready to move ahead with a public hearing on a package of proposed changes to its groundwater management rules and regulations.

First, however, the district has called a time-out on issuance of new irrigation well permits and development of new irrigated acres in certain parts of its jurisdiction while the rules approval process unfolds. And under the rules once they are changed, the prohibition on new high-capacity wells in the district's thinnest-aquifer areas would continue.

By a vote of 12-3 at its monthly meeting in Davenport Tuesday, the board of directors enacted a 180-day temporary stay on issuance of new permits for high-capacity wells in areas of the district where the groundwater aquifer has been designated as Very High Risk, or where the aquifer is less than 10 feet thick.

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