Wednesday, September 23, 2020

DEP Sets Third Round Of Virtual Meetings For State Water Plan Regional Advisory Committees In October

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold the third round of virtual meetings for the
Statewide Water Resources and Regional Water Resources Advisory Committees in October.  (formal notice)

The purpose of the meetings is to continue the development of the next update to the State Water Plan.

Meeting Schedule

The committees will hold virtual meeting/conference calls starting on--

-- Delaware Watershed: October 13 - 9:00 a.m to Noon. Click Here to join;

-- Lower Susquehanna: October 14 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Click Here to join;

-- Upper/Middle Susquehanna: October 29 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click Here to join;

-- Potomac Watershed: October 15 - 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Click Here to join;

-- Ohio Watershed: October 27 - 1:00  p.m. start time. Click Here to join;

-- Great Lakes: October 28 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon - Click Here to join; and

-- Statewide Water Resources Committee: November 12 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Click Here to join.

Visit DEP’s State Water Plan Advisory Committees webpage for more information. Individuals are encouraged to visit each Committee's webpage to confirm meeting date, time and location prior to each meeting and to obtain meeting materials. 


DEP held an initial round of advisory committee meetings to introduce the process for updating the State Water Plan to new committee members and the public in January and a second round was held in July

Click Here for an online introduction to the State Water Plan.

The Plan update, required every five years by Act 220 of 2002, serves as a policy and guidance document providing information, objectives, priorities and recommendations to be considered in a broad range of state, local and private water resource decisions.

The State Water Plan was last updated in 2009.

The goal of the initial meetings is to formally organize the regional water resources committees and begin a discussion of several issues to be examined in the Plan update, including--

-- Impacts of climate change on water resource availability and use and implement applicable strategies included in the 2018 PA Climate Action Plan;

-- Assessment of Stormwater Management Issues and Best Management Practices; and

-- Discussion of Integrated Water Resources Planning.

Another goal of the Plan update is to review and finalize Critical Area Resource Plans in the Potomac and Ohio regions that were left unfinished during the 2009 update.

Also being developed is a Digital Water Atlas that will make water use information now being collected more accessible to the State Water Planning process, river basin commissions and users of water information statewide, both public and private.

This initial step in the Plan update process is expected to take 1 to 2 years, followed by a more comprehensive analysis of water resources data after the 2020 census becomes available to help identify water resource use issues and opportunities.

Committee Members Needed

Each Regional Committee and the Statewide Water Resources Committee has openings for representatives of specific sectors of water users.  The most pressing need is for members of local governments.

Click Here for a list of members needed.  If you are interested, send a letter of interest and resume to Mark Matlock at DEP by email to: or call 717-783-2285 with questions.

Visit DEP’s State Water Plan Advisory Committees webpage for more.

Visit DEP’s State Water Plan webpage for more information.   Questions can be directed to Mark Matlock, Office of Water Resources Planning, at or 717-783-2285.

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[Posted: Sept. 23, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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