IRRIGATION LAWS IN MISSOURI. Jim Vandike Missouri Department of Natural Resources Geological Survey and Resource Assessment Division. What Laws and Regulations???. Revised Statutes of Missouri contain 21 sections in various statutes that mention the Word "Irrigation".
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Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Geological Survey and Resource Assessment Division
Pertains to the National Flood Insurance Program. Statute excludes shallow impoundments used for rice farming and flood irrigation from regulation under RSMO 49.600
Excludes shallow impoundments used for rice farming and flood from regulation under RSMo 64.090
Exempts city taxes on irrigation systems
Requires irrigation equipment to be considered taxable property
Dam and Reservoir Safety Act. Exempts agricultural dams from regulation under RSMo 236.400 - RSMo 236.50
256.400 Major Water Users Act. Does not specifically mention irrigation but requires major water users to register and report their yearly water use. A major water user is anyone with a water source and equipment capable of producing 100,000 gallons of water per day.
Irrigation is considered a beneficial use, but only a court can determine what is a reasonable use.Water disputes are typically settled in circuit court by law suit.