RD130 - Report of the State Water Commission – 2019

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 2019, the Commission met twice and heard testimony regarding flooding in the Southern Rivers Watershed of Virginia Beach, drought cycles, work on combined sewer overflow outfalls in Alexandria, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as emerging contaminants, the "flash drought" of 2019, and work on Dominion Energy coal ash ponds.