Proposed Designation of Phillips County west of Crowley’s Ridge as a Critical Ground Water Area

ANRC is considering designation of the portion of Phillips County lying west of Crowley’s Ridge as a Critical Ground Water Area.  Please see Map. This consideration is based upon scientific investigation of reported ground water problems within the area and a petition requesting designation from the City of Marvell, Arkansas.

This designation does not include institution of regulatory authority.  Designation would enhance awareness of ground water conservation and make more financial dollars available to resolve ground water problems.  It would also enable persons who implement certain conservation practices within the area to claim a 50% tax credit for surface water conversion rather than a 10% tax credit.

In order to designate this area as critical, the Commission must find that the area meets the criteria of Commission Rule 403.1.  The Proposed Staff Recommendation explains this process.

As a part of its process, the Commission will hold a hearing to take comments on the proposed designation.  This hearing will take place on May 12, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Helena, Arkansas at Phillips County Community College’s Bonner Student Center.

The Commission will accept public comment regarding this designation through May 19, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.   Written comments may also be mailed to the Commission or emailed to

The Commission will likely determine whether to make this designation at its meeting on May 20, 2015.