Regional water resource planning; State Water Control Board regulations. (HB542)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Regional water resource planning; State Water Control Board regulations. Directs the State Water Control Board to estimate the risk that each locality and region in the Commonwealth will experience water supply shortfalls, to encourage the development of cross-jurisdictional water supply projects, and to adopt regulations designating regional planning areas based primarily on river basin. Each locality in a particular regional planning area shall participate in cross-jurisdictional, coordinated water resource planning, and all localities in each area shall together develop and submit a single regional water supply plan. The bill directs the Department of Environmental Quality to facilitate the creation of the regional water plans by ensuring sufficient coordination among localities, providing planning and other assistance, and ensuring that each regional plan identifies risks and proposes strategies in response. The bill directs that the Board and the Department prioritize the allocation of funds to localities that sufficiently participate in regional planning. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


02/11/2020: In Committee


01/05/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102257D
01/05/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB542)
01/29/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2020Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/05/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/05/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 3-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Appropriations with amendment (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Passed by temporarily
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources amendments agreed to
02/07/2020Committee on Appropriations amendment agreed to
02/07/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB542E
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20102257D-E
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (61-Y 37-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (61-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources committee on 02/19/2020. It meets on Thursday, 1/2 hour after adjournment—Senate Room B.

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