Reclamation Reform Act of 1982

When the Reclamation Act of 1902 was enacted, the Reclamation program had the primary goal of developing the arid West by promoting farming opportunities for families, and limiting speculation on land that would benefit from the introduction of irrigated agriculture.


In response to a lawsuit against the Federal government in the 1970's alleging improper acreage limitation administration, Congress passed Public Law 97-293, which President Reagan signed into law on October 12, 1982.

Title II of Public Law 97-293 is known as the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (RRA).

The Acreage Limitation Rules and Regulations

The concept of acreage limitation provisions with regard to Reclamation irrigation water refers to the ownership limitation and pricing restrictions specified in Federal reclamation law, including but not limited to certain provisions in the RRA.

There are two Federal regulations that implement the acreage limitation provisions of Federal Reclamation law, in addition to the RRA itself.

43 CFR* Part 426; Acreage Limitation Rules and Regulations

43 CFR* Part 428; Information Requirements for Certain Farm Operations in Excess of 960 Acres and the Eligibility of Certain Formerly Excess Land

CFR = Code of Federal Regulations


Last Updated: 9/3/15