Pa. DEP hearing set on Act 220 in Upper/Middle Susquehanna

PA Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Water Management Cathleen Curran Myers and Upper/Middle Susquehanna Regional Water Resources Committee Chairman Uwe Weindel invite residents living in the Upper/Middle Susquehanna River Basin to a public meeting and hearing on water resources management and planning Aug. 18...

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 10, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- PA Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Water Management Cathleen Curran Myers and Upper/Middle Susquehanna Regional Water Resources Committee Chairman Uwe Weindel invite residents living in the Upper/Middle Susquehanna River Basin to a public meeting and hearing on water resources management and planning under Act 220 of 2002.

A general information session including registration, displays and regional water resource maps will be available at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the East Mountain Inn & Suites, 2400 East End Blvd., Route 115 (Exit 170A off I-81), Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County. The public meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m., and the public hearing will follow at 7:30 p.m.

The Upper/Middle Susquehanna Regional Water Resources Committee is seeking comments on water resources management and planning within the Upper/Middle Susquehanna River Basin. In addition, comments are invited on the draft regional water resource priorities developed by the committee.

At the Aug. 18 public meeting, Weindel will provide background on Act 220 as well as highlight key priorities defined by the regional committee. The meeting will include time for public questions on the process of developing the State Water Plan, including the draft water resources priorities.

During the public hearing, DEP will take oral testimony on water resources management and planning in the region. Comments also may be submitted electronically at laumohr@state.pa.us.

Copies of the Upper/Middle Susquehanna Regional Water Resources Committee draft priorities are available for review and downloading at the DEP Web site, www.dep.state.pa.us, Keyword: "DEP Water Resources."

People with disabilities who would like to attend the meeting and hearing but require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodations should contact the department for assistance. TDD users may use the AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984.

Act 220 requires DEP to develop a new State Water Plan over the next several years working with both regional and a statewide committee whose membership includes a broad representation of business and industry, agriculture, local government and environmental interests. Through an open public process, in consultation with the Statewide Committee and DEP, regional committees will recommend the regional plan components to the Statewide Committee for incorporation into the State Water Plan.

The State Water Plan will be designed to provide up-to-date information on water availability, an assessment and projection of water use and future demands on a watershed basis, identification of critical water planning areas where water demands are projected to exceed available water supplies, and the development of critical area resource plans for these areas.

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