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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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IRRIGATION LAWS IN MISSOURI

Jim Vandike

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Geological Survey and Resource Assessment Division



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Revised Statutes of Missouri contain21 sections in various statutes thatmention the Word "Irrigation"


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Mostly exemptionsand exclusions


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CHAPTER 49 - County Commissions and County Buildings

Pertains to the National Flood Insurance Program. Statute excludes shallow impoundments used for rice farming and flood irrigation from regulation under RSMO 49.600


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CHAPTER 64 - County Planning, Zoning, Recreation, Natural Streams and Waterways

Excludes shallow impoundments used for rice farming and flood from regulation under RSMo 64.090


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CHAPTER 92 - Taxation in St. Louis, Kansas City and Certain Other Cities

Exempts city taxes on irrigation systems


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CHAPTER 137 - Assessment and Levy or Property Taxes Other Cities

Requires irrigation equipment to be considered taxable property


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CHAPTER 236 - Dams, Mills, Electrical Power Other Cities

Dam and Reservoir Safety Act. Exempts agricultural dams from regulation under RSMo 236.400 - RSMo 236.50


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CHAPTER 278 - Soil Conservation Other Cities

  • Allows formation of subdistricts within soil and water conservation districts, includes irrigation development as one reason for forming subdistricts.


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CHAPTER 319 - General Safety Requirements Other Cities

  • Specifies irrigation lines to be flagged with purple flagging.


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CHAPTER 429 - Statutory Lien Against Other CitiesReal Estate

  • Allows mechanic and materialmen liens on irrigation equipment


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CHAPTER 444 - Rights and Duties of Miners and Mine Owners Other Cities

  • The word “irrigation” is used, but statute does not apply to agricultural irrigation.


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CHAPTER 578 - Miscellaneous Offences Other Cities

  • 578.200 - Cave Resources Act. Prohibits the disposal of materials into a sinkhole that could violate any provision of Missouri Clean Water Law. It does not apply to several types of water disposal including irrigation return flow.


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CHAPTER 644 - Water Pollution Other Cities

  • Excludes irrigation connections to water supplies from paying a tap fee


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CHAPTER 256 - Geology, Water Resources and Geodetic Survey Other Cities

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.


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CHAPTER 256 - Geology, Water Resources and Geodetic Survey Other Cities

  • 256.600 Water Well Driller Act. Does not specifically mention irrigation wells. Rules pursuant to this law regulate the construction of all private wells including irrigation wells.


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CHAPTER 256 - Geology, Water Resources and Geodetic Survey Other Cities

  • 256.641-256.600 Established the Southeast Missouri Regional Water District

  • Defined Irrigation Well - Any well which is used for the primary purpose of providing water for the irrigation of crops.

  • Established a commission which shall monitor the quality and quantity of groundwater and surface water in the district.


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  • The commission shall require all water users in the district with irrigation wells 6-inches or larger in diameter to report the number, location, and annual water usage of the wells. The commission may establish annual fees to be paid by irrigation well owners not to exceed five dollars per well unless a higher fee is approved by qualified voters, and then not to exceed twenty-five dollars per well.





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Missouri - A Riparian Rights State agricultural irrigation

  • Landowners have the right to make reasonable use of the waters upon, adjacent to, and beneath their property.


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In Missouri, the courts have groundwater divided into two types: Percolating water and underground streams.


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Landowners do not own the water. They have the right to make a reasonable use of the water for beneficial purposes.


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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.


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Conclusions... can determine what is a reasonable use.


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