Pawnee-Buckner-Sawlog Intensive Groundwater Use Control Area
On June 19, 2006, the chief engineer initiated proceedings to amend the order that established the Pawnee Valley Intensive Groundwater Use Area to include the part of the Pawnee-Buckner-Sawlog subbasin located in Hodgeman, Ness and Pawnee counties. Pawnee Valley Intensive Groundwater Use Control Area These proceedings were divided into two phases:
- Phase One: Determine whether the Pawnee Valley Intensive Groundwater Use Control Area should be expanded, if so, define the new boundaries
- Phase Two: Determine corrective controls, if any that are necessary.
The Phase One proceedings were held in March of 2007. On June 18, 2007, the chief engineer issued an order determining the following findings within the boundaries of the proposed Intensive Groundwater Use Control Area:
- Groundwater levels have declined over significant long periods of time and have declined excessively at various times
- Rate of groundwater withdrawals has at times exceeded the rate of recharge physically and legally available
- Other conditions exist which require regulation in the public interest
The conclusions show that the Intensive Groundwater Use Control Area boundaries should be expanded. A Phase II of these proceedings should be held to determine:
- Goals to be accomplished by the Intensive Groundwater Use Control Area
- Corrective control provisions necessary to achieve those goals
Phase II of these proceedings has not yet been scheduled.
Intensive Groundwater Use Control Area Documents
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Pawnee-Buckner IGUCA Phase I Hearing Order (Adobe 7 or later to view)