Local water management districts are required to establish programs and regulations to provide for the permitting of consumptive uses of water. Such permitting programs are subject to the authorization and oversight of the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department is currently leading an effort to make consumptive use permitting more consistent throughout the state. To obtain a permit pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, the applicant must establish that the proposed use of water: (a) Is a reasonable-beneficial use as defined in this chapter; (b) Will not interfere with any presently existing legal use of water; and (c) Is consistent with the public interest. Water management districts may establish additional conditions. This legislation contains additional information on consumptive use permitting procedures, as well as information on existing permits and water uses, artesian wells, land acquisition, and water conservation requirements.