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White County irrigators encouraged to attend aggregation meeting

Agricultural irrigators in White County are encouraged to attend a Water Reporting Aggregation Meeting on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the White County Farm Bureau office in Carmi.  A light meal will be served.  Reservations are requested by Friday, November 20 by calling 382-8512.

Owners of high capacity water wells (>100,000 gallons/day) in White County are required to report your water usage to the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) per Illinois law.  Under the Illinois Water Use Act, agricultural irrigators are allowed to aggregate their data through a unit of local government.  The advantage to aggregation is to provide the irrigator some anonymity from public record disclosure of your water usage.

At this meeting irrigators can submit their water usage data where it will be aggregated with other wells in your zone.  There are three approved zones for White County… Hawthorne Township, Emma Township and the remainder of the county.  Farm Bureau and Soil Water Conservation District staff will be on hand to assist you.

If you do not attend the meeting, or provide your forms to Farm Bureau/SWCD staff prior to the meeting, you will be responsible to report your water usage individually to ISWS.

Additional information and downloadable forms can be found at www.sws.uiuc.edu/gws/iwip/irrigation.

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