New Michigan online water withdrawal tool available

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Nursery growers, farmers, and others planning to increase their irrigation pumping capacities over 70 GPM or those planning to put in a new well or surface water withdrawal with a pumping capacity of over 70 GPM need to be aware of the new Michigan Water Withdrawal Tool. This tool must be run before any new withdrawals are permitted or wells are put in. If the new water withdrawal is approved by using the tool, it can be registered with this new web tool.

Effective July 9, 2009, everyone will need to use the screening tool available online at www.miwwat.org/ or request a site specific review from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Anyone with new or increased withdrawals cannot have an adverse impact on the watershed or limit the amount of water that others already using that watershed have available.

Local well drillers and health departments will probably ask if the withdrawal has been registered before they begin work or permits are approved. This is all part of the Great Lakes Compact that was signed into law last summer to prohibit diversions of Great Lakes water to other parts of the United States. Michigan is part of the compact.

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