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Problematic Water Withdrawal Permitting Bill Goes Down the Drain

SB 673 (Stuart), as amended, would direct the Department of Environmental Quality and the State Water Control Board to prioritize the preservation of water for human consumption and food production in all permitting and regulatory processes related to groundwater and surface water resources.

VACo sought member input on how SB 673 would impact member counties and relayed many concerns to the patron.  During the bill’s hearing in the House Chesapeake Subcommittee, SB 673 was amended back to its original form, which would prioritize the preservation of drinking water in all permitting and regulatory processes related to water withdrawals.  The bill would ultimately fail in the Subcommittee by a vote of 8-2.

Thank you to all who responded to our inquiry as this member feedback helps us in our advocacy.

VACo Contact: James Hutzler

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