Arkansas Water-Use Data Program

Science Center Objects

Short Title: Water-Use Data Program
Project Chief: Drew Westerman
Cooperators: Arkansas Naural Resources Commission
Project Time Frame: 1985 - present

Every 5 years since 1950, the USGS has conducted an inventory of water use in the United States. In 1978, the USGS initiated the National Water-Use Information Program to establish a nationwide water-use database. In 1985, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) and the USGS began a water-use program that provides for the collection, storage, and dissemination of accurate water-use information for Arkansas within a consistent national framework. The ANRC conducts an annual inventory of the ground- and surface-water withdrawals in Arkansas in cooperation with USGS. Data collected during this inventory are shared by State and Federal agencies to document the State's total water use and to facilitate planning the most effective use of Arkansas' water resources for the economic and social well being of the people of Arkansas and the Nation.

Every 5 years since 1950, the USGS has conducted an inventory of water use in the United States. In 1978, the USGS initiated the National Water-Use Information Program to establish a nationwide water-use database. In 1985, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) and the USGS began a water-use program that provides for the collection, storage, and dissemination of accurate water-use information for Arkansas within a consistent national framework. The ANRC conducts an annual inventory of the ground- and surface-water withdrawals in Arkansas in cooperation with USGS. Data collected during this inventory are shared by State and Federal agencies to document the State's total water use and to facilitate planning the most effective use of Arkansas' water resources for the economic and social well being of the people of Arkansas and the Nation.

The nationally recognized cooperative water-use project has evolved from data compilation and entry in the early 1980's to a state-of-the-art remote web based, data entry and storage system in 2008. Site-specific water-use data are collected and compiled annually. Water users that withdraw 1 acre-foot or more of surface water per year or wells with the capability of pumping 50,000 gallons per day or more of ground water are required by Arkansas law to report their withdrawals to the appropriate reporting agency. Data for the irrigation, livestock, aquaculture, and duck (hunting) clubs categories are reported and remotely entered through the Conservation District offices in 29 eastern Arkansas counties. Water-use data for each of the other categories are reported directly to the ANRC. Site-specific water-use data for irrigation, livestock, duck (hunting) clubs, public supply, commercial, industrial, mining, and power generation are stored in the Arkansas Water-Use Data Base (WUDBS) maintained by USGS. Information about amounts of water withdrawn, sources of water, how the water was used, and how much water was returned is available to water-resources managers and policy makers through WUDBS.

 

Publications

Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5241
Water Use in Arkansas,2005,
by Terrance W. Holland

Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5230
Estimated Water Use in Arkansas, 2000,
by Terrance W. Holland

Open-File Report 99-188
Water Use in Arkansas, 1995,
by Terrance W. Holland

Water-Resources Investigations Report 93-4104
Evaluation of pumpage data furnished by selected public water suppliers in Arkansas, May 1990 through March 1991,
by Terrance W. Holland and Nancy T. Baker

Open-File Report 93-48
Use of Water in Arkansas, 1990,
by Terrance W. Holland

Open-File Report 92-496
Summary of reported water use for Arkansas counties, 1990,
by Terrance W. Holland and Carolyn A. Manning

Open-File Report 91-247
Inventory of public water supplies in Arkansas,
by Nancy T. Baker, Carolyn A. Manning, and Elizabeth A. Beavers

Water-Resources Investigations Report 90-4177
Summary and analysis of water-use data collection in eastern Arkansas,
by Nancy T. Baker