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 ground water 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 Ground Water 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 Ground Water Protection and Management Act of 1991, the Commission produces an annual ground water report on the condition of the State's ground water resources, along with recommendations on critical areas.
  • Coordination of the Arkansas Ground Water 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 about goundwater contact:
Jim Battreal, Geology Supervisor
101 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 350
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-3904 Fax: (510) 682-3991
Email: jim.battreal@arkansas.gov