Agricultural Water Management Program

The Division conducts research and establishes strategic plans for development of irrigation and water resources for agriculture in Maine.

Agricultural Water Management Board

The Agricultural Water Management Board is a board of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, authorized by 7MRSA Chapter 13. Read information on the program and the board.

An overview of water management planning, permitting, weather, drought, grants and loans to help fund water sources and equipment, and other sites of interest is located on our planning page here :

Complying with the Low Flow Rules

If you are planning to withdraw water from a surface water body, you will need to comply with the DEP low flow standards. You can contact Jessica Nixon at (207) 287-3494 or email at to get further information on the standards and what it will mean for your farm.

Irrigation Suppliers

List of suppliers of tools and equipment.

Pond and Well Consultants

Contact one of these companies or individuals for help with your pond or other irrigation project.

Loans and Grants

Read about grants and loans specific to assistance with water source development.

Download Water Budget Worksheet

Here you can download an interactive spread sheet (Excel) (right-click on PC, hold mouse button or control-click on Mac, then save to hard drive...) for computing your water use budget, or fill in a web form to have us do the work for you and send you the results.