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2 W ATER R ESOURCES P LANNING (ACT 220) and the S TATE W ATER P LAN

3 Questions that need to be answered… How much water do we have ? How much water do we use ? How much water do we need?

4 Question? When will the next drought hit Pennsylvania?

5 T HE A CT

6 Act 220 of 2002 Water Resources Planning Act Update the State Water Plan by 2008 Register and Report Certain Water Withdrawals Identify Critical Water Planning Areas Create Critical Area Resource Plans Establish Voluntary Water Conservation Program

7 T HE P LAN

8 State Water Plan Updates every 5 years 6 Regional Components (Chapters) will be developed that will be incorporated into a State Water Plan

9 State Water Plan Inventory Water Resources (surface/GW/safe yield) Assessment/Projection of Future Use/Needs/ Demands Identify Potential Conflicts/Problems Identify Critical Water Planning Areas Assessment of Current/Future Capabilities of Public Water Supplies

10 State Water Plan Assessment of Floodplain/Stormwater Problems Assessment of Navigation Needs Assessment of Significant Water Resources

11 State Water Plan Process for Identifying Water Reduction Projects/Practices Identification of Practical Water Supply Alternatives to meet Existing/Future Needs Structural/Nonstructural Alternatives to Address Availability Problems Review/Evaluation of Statutes/Regulations/Policies Review/Evaluation of Water Management Program Alternatives to meet Regional Needs Implementation Plan

12 State Water Plan Considerations Interconnection –Ground/Surface Water Regional Water Resource Needs and Priorities Federal, State, and Interstate Water Resource Policies, Plans, Priorities, Etc. Needs and Priorities of Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Water Quantity/Quality Necessary to Support Reasonable/ Beneficial Uses Balance Multiple Uses Distinction Between Long /Short Term Uses Benefits/Costs/Environmental and Social Impacts Equal/Uniform Treatment of All Water Users

13 Uses of State Water Plan Policy and Guidance Document Provides Information, Objectives, practices and recommendations to help the private sector and government make informed decisions Does not contain prohibitions or prescriptions

14 Registration

15 All public Water supply agencies All hydropower facilities All users of 10,000 gallons a day or more in a 30 day period

16 Registration Paper forms Web registration through GreenPort Forms and registration available on the DEP website

17 Registration Registration for existing users is overdue and the Statewide committee and DEP are evaluating options for increasing compliance for those who must register Agricultural and Non-agricultural forms are available for registration

18 Registration The Environmental Quality Board (EQB) must adopt regulations addressing: –Registration –Periodic Reporting –Record-keeping

19 Critical Water Planning Areas, Critical Area Resource Plans, & Critical Area Advisory Committees

20 Critical Water Planning Areas (CWPA) A “Critical Water Planning Area” is A significant hydrologic unit where existing or future demands exceed or threaten to exceed safe yield of available water resources

21 Critical Water Planning Areas Developed on a Watershed basis Upon designation as a CWPA, Critical Area Resource Plans or “water budgets” will be developed, and Critical Area Advisory Committees will be formed

22 Critical Water Planning Areas CWPAs may be designated: In the State Water Plan In advance of the State Water Plan by the Statewide committee and DEP, upon recommendation of a Regional Committee, if justified by evidence developed during the planning process

23 Critical Area Resource Plans (CARP) CARPs will be developed by the Regional Committees and approved by the Statewide Committee and DEP

24 Critical Area Resource Plans Include a water availability evaluation Identify existing and future reasonable and beneficial uses Identify anticipated future needs Assess water quality and water quantity issues Identify existing and potential adverse impacts on water resources uses

25 Critical Area Advisory Committees Purpose: –Evaluate policy, program and management alternatives and advise the regional committee and DEP –Membership: Gov. Agencies, Agricultural, Public Water Supply, Industrial and other users, Environmental, and others with background in water resources planning and management

26 Voluntary Water Conservation

27 Voluntary Water Conservation Program Formal program to promote water conservation and water use efficiency Establish a Water Resource Technical Assistance Center to promote water conservation and efficiency education and technical assistance Grants for water resources education and technical assistance

28 T HE S TATEWIDE AND R EGIONAL W ATER R ESOURCES C OMMITTEES

29 Statewide Water Resources Committee Purpose: –Recommend to the Secretary the approval and adoption of the State Water Plan, including the regional components

30 Statewide Water Resources Committee Membership (24 voting): –6 from regional committees appointed House and Senate Leadership –6 from cross section of water user interest appointed by the Governor –6 from local government, environmental and professional groups appointed by the Governor –DEP, AG, DCNR, PFBC, PUC, PEMA voting members –DCED, GCLGS, Compact Commissions (ex officio non voting members)

31 Subcommittees Policy & Integration Critical Water Planning Area Public Outreach

32 Statewide Committee Role Recommend approval of the State Water Plan, including regional components, to the Secretary of DEP; Assist with public outreach activities; Recommend approval of Policies and Guidelines for Preparing the State Water Plan to the Secretary of the DEP; and Review and comment on regulations for the registration and reporting of water usage.

33 Regional Water Resources Committees Purpose: –Guide the development of Regional Plan Component and recommend to Statewide Committee for Incorporation into the State Water Plan

34 6 Regional Water Resources Committees Delaware Upper/Middle Susquehanna Lower Susquehanna Ohio Lake Erie/Genesee Potomac

35 Water Planning Regions

36 Regional Water Resources Committees Membership (22 voting): –Four Planning Commission and Conservation District Members (minimum of 2) –Two Agriculture (1) Production and (1) Horticulture –One Public Water Supply Agency Rep. –One Public Waste Water Agency Rep. –Three Industrial, Commercial, Energy Development and Production –Three Environmental and Conservation Interest –Four Water Resource Professional (1) Registered Geologist –Three Local Government (other than counties) –Department Employee (non-voting) –Compact Commission Representative

37 Regional Committee Role Recommend the regional components of the State Water Plan to the Statewide Committee; Consult with DEP and the Statewide Committee during the planning process; Recommend CWPAs to DEP and the Statewide Committee; and Conduct appropriate public outreach during development of the regional components of the Plan.

38 Committee Activities

39 Regional Committee Priorities (Insert regional priorities for your region)

40 Public Involvement 3 formal stages of public involvement: 1.Educate the Public  Fact Sheets  Universal Message – “Planning Today for Generations Yet to Come”  Presentations and discussions 2.Focused Meetings on Regional Issues 3.Presentation of Draft Regional Plans and Public Comment Period The Public may also participate in Regional and Statewide Committee Meetings

41 Act 220 Contact Information Act 220 Hotline:(888) DEP Water Planning Office(717) Name (###)###-#### Chair, ___Regional Committee Don Bluedorn(412) Chair, Statewide Committee

42 Questions?


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