Potomac Aquifer recharge monitoring; creates advisory board and laboratory. (HB771)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Potomac Aquifer recharge monitoring; advisory board; laboratory established; SWIFT Project. Creates an advisory board and a laboratory to monitor the effects of the Sustainable Water Infrastructure for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Project being undertaken by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD). The bill establishes an eight-member advisory board called the Potomac Aquifer Recharge Oversight Committee (the Committee), directing it to ensure that the SWIFT Project is monitored independently. The bill provides that the Committee shall consist of the State Health Commissioner, the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, the Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the two Co-Directors of the Laboratory, the Director of the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory, and two Virginia citizens appointed by the Governor, and the bill also provides for two nonvoting members. The Committee is required by the bill to meet at least quarterly during the initial three years of its existence. The bill also authorizes the Committee to appoint a science and technical advisory council and directs the Committee to request funding from HRSD for the first three years of monitoring of the recharge of the aquifer. The bill also creates the Potomac Aquifer Recharge Monitoring Laboratory (the Laboratory) at Old Dominion University (ODU), placing it under the direction of an ODU faculty member and the co-direction of a faculty member at Virginia Tech. The bill provides that the Laboratory shall monitor the impact of the SWIFT Project on the Potomac Aquifer, manage testing data, and conduct water sampling and analysis. The bill authorizes both the Commissioner of the Department of Health and the State Water Control Board to issue emergency orders to halt injection or make any change to any facility of the SWIFT Project. Read the Bill »


03/01/2018: passed committee


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104334D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/24/2018Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2018Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources & Technology
01/31/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB771)
01/31/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Read second time and engrossed
02/13/2018Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/13/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
03/01/2018Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Read third time
03/06/2018Reading of amendment waived
03/06/2018Committee amendment agreed to
03/06/2018Passed by for the day
03/07/2018Passed by for the day
03/08/2018Read third time
03/08/2018Passed by for the day
03/10/2018Failed to pass in House
03/10/2018No further action taken
03/10/2018Failed to pass