IRRIGATION LAWS IN MISSOURI
What Laws and Regulations???
Revised Statutes of Missouri contain21 sections in various statutes thatmention the Word "Irrigation"
Mostly exemptionsand exclusions
CHAPTER 49 - County Commissions and County Buildings
CHAPTER 64 - County Planning, Zoning, Recreation, Natural Streams and Waterways
CHAPTER 92 - Taxation in St. Louis, Kansas City and Certain Other Cities
CHAPTER 137 - Assessment and Levy or Property Taxes
CHAPTER 236 - Dams, Mills, Electrical Power
CHAPTER 278 - Soil Conservation
CHAPTER 319 - General Safety Requirements
CHAPTER 429 - Statutory Lien AgainstReal Estate
CHAPTER 444 - Rights and Duties of Miners and Mine Owners
CHAPTER 578 - Miscellaneous Offences
CHAPTER 644 - Water Pollution
CHAPTER 256 - Geology, Water Resources and Geodetic Survey
Most of the statutes have little or no effect on agricultural irrigation
Missouri Water Law - Statutory Law versus Adjudicated Law
Adjudicated law is based on court decisions, not statutes
Missouri - A Riparian Rights State
In Missouri, the courts have groundwater divided into two types: Percolating water and underground streams.
Landowners do not own the water. They have the right to make a reasonable use of the water for beneficial purposes.
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.
Home Page: http://agebb.missouri.edu/irrigate
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