May 27, 1981
RE: Proposed Policy Statement on Property Rights
Add paragraphs (5) and (6) to Rule 17-40.04 to read:
17-40.04 Water Use
The following shall apply to those areas where the use
of water is regulated pursuant to Part II of Chapter 373,
(5) In implementing consumptive use permitting programs, the
department and districts shall recognize the rights of property
owners, as limited by law, to withdraw and make consumptive uses
of groundwater from their land for reasonable-beneficial uses.
; t f (6) The department and districts shall continually seek to maintain
a balance between competing uses to protect the interests of all
P affected persons in a manner consistent with the public interest.
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