TO STATE WATER COMMISSION:
The State Water Commission
should consider the water supply planning framework and guiding principles
adopted by the Rappahannock River Basin Commission in the Water
Commissionís statewide water supply planning effort.
The State Water Commission
should use the
TO THE SECRETARIES OF NATURAL RESOURCE AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:
Commission a comprehensive
study of groundwater resources in the Piedmont area of the basin to supply
information on quantity and sustainability of current uses in order to
provide information for local governments to use in water supply and land
use management plans.
Reduce the groundwater withdrawal-reporting threshold required by
the Department of Environmental Quality from 10,000 gallons per day to
3,000 gallons per day to better quantify existing groundwater withdrawals.
Require well depth and static water level to be reported on all new
wells and require this information to be gathered and analyzed by the
Department of Environmental Quality in order to provide localities up to
date information on quantity and sustainability of their groundwater
Direct the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental
Quality to inventory all existing permitted wells and identify the
cumulative quantity of water withdrawn from these wells specific to each
aquifer. * Note: This information is currently required by DEQ to be
submitted by well drillers on the Well Driller Report Form (GW-2).
TO THE GOVERNOR:
Rappahannock River Basin Commission respectfully recommends that the
Commonwealth pursue efforts to consolidate the water supply planning and
policy functions within state government.
FOR LOCALITIES WITHIN THE
Water supply planning should
be an integral part of county comprehensive planning.
As part of this comprehensive
planning process all localities within the basin should develop or
initiate a water supply plan within the next 6 months, following
Rappahannock River Basin Commission recommended guidelines, that project
both supply and demand needs through 2050.
This water supply plan should
utilize the supply and demand models provided by the basin commission.
These plans should be
developed in concert with other localities in the basin to maximize the
opportunity for intergovernmental cooperation in supply and demand
projections, drought management, and conservation measures, and the
development of planned source water protection initiatives.
Sub-regional planning within
the basin should be utilized by localities in the development of these
plans to allow cooperative decision making for both surface and
groundwater resource planning. Areas that predominantly utilize a specific
water resource (groundwater or surface water) within a geographic province
(coastal plain, piedmont) should cooperate in the development of their
water supply plans so that water resources can be developed and utilized
with maximum utility to all stakeholders.