Proposed Rules

Proposed Revisions to the Rules Governing Conservation Districts (Title 2)

ANRC’s Title 2, “Rules Governing Conservation Districts,” provides general operating requirements for districts created under the Conservation District Law, Ark. Code Ann. §14-125-101, et seq.  Each of Arkansas’s conservation districts is governed by a board of five volunteers serving in elected or appointed positions. ANRC assists the districts with carrying out conservation programs and provides funding to the districts.

The proposed Conservation District Director Emeritus program recognizes individuals that have served as conservation district directors for 25 or more years.  An individual designated as a Director Emeritus would resign from his or her elected or appointed role but may continue to attend some or all district meetings in an advisory role so long as he or she remained willing and able.

ANRC also proposes amendments to the district election procedures to clarify the duties of district directors in conducting the election and to increase voter participation by allowing early voting.  Finally, ANRC proposes revisions to district operating and funding procedures.

Public Hearing Notice:  The Commission has scheduled a public hearing to accept comments on these rules for February 18, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the Arkansas River Room at the Commission’s office at 101 E. Capitol, Ste. 350, Little Rock, AR.  The Commission will accept written comments on the rules through March 9, 2016.

To learn more about these proposed revisions, please see the documents below:

1.  Proposed revision to Title 2. (Language proposed for deletion within this document is struck through like this:  water plan.  New language is underlined.)

            2.  Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement filed with the Arkansas Legislative Council and the Secretary of State’s office.

            3.  Summary.

4.  Notice of Rulemaking.

New and Revised Rules to become effective February 1, 2016.

ANRC Title 24 is a new rule containing recommendations derived from the 2014 Arkansas Water Plan Update as well as basic information about the Arkansas Water Plan and a map of Arkansas’s Water Resource Planning Regions.  Revisions to Title 3 include adding a map of Arkansas's Water Planning Regions and a chart of numbers used by ANRC to calculate excess surface water. The ANRC website will be updated on February 1, 2016 to include both the new rule and the revised rule.