Under regulation changes that began Jan. 1, permits for irrigation and aquaculture wells in the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer will be issued for 5 years, not 10 as previously. And the following conditions must be met to receive the full 5-year term:
•By the end of the third year of the permit, a minimum level of conservation practices must be in place, or
•A meter must be installed and an annual report of water use must be sent to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
These requirements apply to all irrigation and aquaculture groundwater permits.
Most permitting activity in the Delta is renewal of existing permits, Pennington notes, and renewals with no increase in permitted water volume do not require that a public notice be published in a local newspaper. However, all new and renewal applications with an increase in permitted water volume must be published in a local newspaper.