RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE CONTINUED EFFORTS OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER BASIN COMMISSION AND ITS WATER ALLOCATION GROUP TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF WATER SUPPLY PLANNING IN THE RAPPAHANNOCK BASIN

            WHEREAS, the Rappahannock River Basin Commission has been involved in a multi-year effort to develop a framework for basin-wide water supply and resource planning for the Rappahannock Basin; and

            WHEREAS, in 2000, the Commission formed the Water Allocation Group and directed them to develop recommendations for the Commission and its members; and

            WHEREAS, based on the recommendations of the Water Allocation Group, the Commission has made several recommendations to the Governor, the Secretary of Natural Resources, the General Assembly and the State Water Commission about improving water supply planning in the Commonwealth; and

            WHEREAS, the Commission has developed Guiding Principles for Water Resource Planning in the Rappahannock Basin ; and

            WHEREAS, the Commission believes that water resource planning in the Rappahannock Basin should include the concepts of proactive planning, supply side and demand side management, ground and surface water source development and protection, self-sufficiency and regional cooperation, public involvement and ecological integrity; and

            WHEREAS, the Commission further believes that the broadest possible array of stakeholders must be empowered to participate from the earliest stages of any water resource planning effort; and

            WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors is an active member of the Rappahannock River Basin Commission and encourages the Commissionís efforts to improve the spirit of cooperation within the Rappahannock Basin in water resource planning; now, therefore, be it

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 20th day of October 2003, That the Rappahannock River Basin Commission and its Water Allocation Group be, and are hereby, encouraged to continue efforts in improving the effectiveness of water supply planning in the Rappahannock Basin; and, be it

            RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Board of Supervisors supports the intent of the Rappahannock River Basin Commissionís Guiding Principles for Water Resource Planning and encourages all involved in water resource planning in the Rappahannock Basin to endeavor to follow these principles.