State Water Control Board Amends Regulations

Virginia’s State Water Control Board has amended regulations that will require local governments in the same river basin to work together in crafting plans for water supply and use. In the past, the state allowed local governments to choose whether they wanted to submit such plans independently or work with other localities in a regional approach. Now though, plans must include existing water sources, water use and environmental conditions, any actions being taken to manage water supply and drought response plans, and other detailed information. The regulations apply to local governments’ planning for both groundwater and surface water sources