DRAFT State Water Resources Plan open for public comment

April 17, 2015

The Virginia Water Resources Plan, the Commonwealth’s first comprehensive effort to incorporate information from locally developed water supply plans, is available for public review and comment.

“This plan helps guide localities as they make decisions about their water supplies and helps in the management of the Commonwealth’s water resources on local, watershed and statewide levels,” DEQ Director David K. Paylor said.

The water resources plan is a compilation of the information from local plans and includes an analysis of how future water demand may affect key water uses. Among the main components of the plan are an extensive look at surface water and groundwater sources, and an assessment of the capacity of these sources to meet the projected water demand to 2040.

The plan outlines water supply challenges in Virginia and identifies recommendations to address these challenges. Recommendations include:

• Development of rules for surface water withdrawals and impoundment releases that are currently excluded from Virginia Water Protection permitting requirements.
• Expansion of groundwater monitoring wells in localities outside the eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area to improve understanding of the groundwater resource and how pumping affects the aquifer.
• Increased emphasis on conservation efforts by localities to reduce demand.

The plan will be open for public comment through May 8 and is available here.

Written comments to DEQ should be submitted to Tammy Stephenson, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218, or by email at tammy.stephenson@deq.virginia.gov.

Source: News Release Issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, April 7, 2015.

VACo Contact: Larry Land, CAE

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