When the Reclamation Act of 1902 was enacted, the primary goal of the Reclamation program was to develop 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 concept of acreage limitation provisions with regard to Reclamation irrigation water means the ownership limitations and pricing restrictions specified in Federal reclamation law, including but not limited to certain provisions in the RRA. All SEWD irrigators must comply with RRA requirements.

Additional information can be obtained at: http://www.usbr.gov/rra/index.html