RD187 - Report of the State Water Commission - 2018

Executive Summary:

The State Water Commission (the Commission) is a 15-member legislative body established by statute that is charged with (i) studying all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, (ii) coordinating the legislative recommendations of all state entities that have responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues, and (iii) annually reporting its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor. In 2017, the Commission met four times and devoted its time to receiving testimony regarding several topics, including the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow; hydraulic fracturing; the Virginia Flood Risk Information System; drought monitoring; groundwater management experiences in a variety of counties; the report of the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee; and three topics that were the subject of legislation introduced in the 2017 Session.