Meeting Date:

 Harry Atherton, Chairman, Marshall District  

March 17, 2003

Staff Lead:


Frederick P.D. Carr, Director


Community Development

Topic: Emery & Garrett Groundwater, Inc., Groundwater Resources Briefing


 Work Session:

James M. Emery, President of Emery & Garrett Groundwater, Inc., will brief the Board of Supervisors regarding the groundwater resources in Fauquier County, the existing information base, emerging demands, and, from his perspective, what steps must be taken to construct a solid information base, including the requisite hydrogeologic investigations, needed to establish groundwater resource capabilities.   


The Board of Supervisors has requested information to gain a better understanding of Fauquier County ís groundwater resources, recharge capacity and sustainable yields countywide due to reasons amplified over the past several years resulting from low rainfall and reported resident and business problems with existing wells. As part of this initial effort, James M. Emery, President of Emery & Garrett Groundwater, Inc. (EGGI), has been invited to brief the Board of Supervisors.   EGGI is a highly regarded national firm specializing in water resources analysis and study.  It has completed many hydrogeologic and associated studies for the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority and the Board of Supervisors.  Examples of their work for the Board of Supervisors include: groundwater assessments for the New Baltimore Service District area (establishing the adequacy of groundwater resources to support future public water supply demands), Opal Phase II (identification of six potential groundwater development zones), the Marshall Park (hydrogeolgic study; well pump testing); pump tests and analysis of the groundwater impact of the Dominion Power Peaking Facility 


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Conduct the work session.

Financial Impact Analysis:

Not applicable.

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:  

Bob Tudor, John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District

Ann McCarty, Fauquier County Planning Commission

Charles Shepard, County Health Department

Barney Durrett, WSA

Scott Unkefer, WSA

Christer Carshult, County Engineer

Danny Hatch, County Soil Scientist

Tom Harris, PEC