RD281 - Roanoke River Basin Bi-State Commission 2016 Annual Report

Executive Summary:
The Roanoke River Basin Bi-State Commission was established in the executive branch of state government. Duties and powers of the Roanoke River Basin Bi-State Commission are pursuant to Virginia Code §§ 62.1-69.37 and 62.1-69.39.

This report, which is required by Virginia Code § 62.1-69.44, provides information regarding the Roanoke River Basin Bi-State Commission's activities during the 2015 - 2016 fiscal year. The Bi-State Commission meets throughout the Roanoke River Basin, alternating states, in an effort to make the meetings available to all Basin constituents. The Bi-State Commission met on October 14, 2015 at the New College Institute in Martinsville, Virginia.

In accordance with the By-Laws, the Commission underwent a succession of officers. The Virginia delegation representative assumed the Chair position. The meeting then included reports from the North Carolina delegation and the Virginia Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee. The topics involved were the water expansion project at Philpott Lake by the Henry County Public Service Authority, an update on the current state of stormwater regulations in Virginia, uranium mining, and water allocation policy. Additionally, presentations were given regarding an update on the Kerr Lake Regional Water System Interbasin Transfer request and Virginia’s enforcement activities related to the Duke Energy Dan River coal ash incident. Neither the standing committees nor the ad hoc committee met in 2016. No specific recommendations were made and a next meeting is to be determined. Further details of the Virginia Delegation’s work can be found on the Virginia Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee’s website.

This constitutes the Chairman’s executive summary of activity and work of the advisory committee, pursuant to Virginia Code § 62.1-69.35:2.