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For Immediate Release: March 14, 2017


Joe Turner     

Communications Manager   

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Tel: (757) 420-8300

Fax: (757) 523-4881 

Regional Leaders to Discuss  
Regional Strategic Plan for Public Access to Waterways
Chesapeake, VA - City and County leaders from the 17 jurisdictions that comprise the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) will discuss the Regional Strategic Plan for Public Access to Waterways and the impacts in changes to groundwater water permitting during its next meeting, 12:30pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018 in the Regional Board Room at 723 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake, Virginia. A brief summary of the agenda topics follows:

Regional Strategic Plan for Public Access to Waterways in Hampton Roads
The Commission will discuss the recently completed Regional Strategic Plan for Public Access to Waterways. The goal of this plan is to develop a regional vision for improving public access to waterways throughout Hampton Roads. Public access sites include locations for swimming, fishing, boating, or viewing the water. The project assessed current demand for public access in the region, analyzed potential expansion opportunities, and inventoried existing public access sites. The final report is available at, . An interactive map application was also developed for the public to search and explore public access sites in the region. It can be accessed at .
Groundwater Management and Regional Water Supply Impacts
In 2017, DEQ completed revisions to the 14 largest groundwater withdrawal permits. Eight of these permits are held by municipal water utilities in Hampton Roads; five permits are held by privately-owned commercial or industrial facilities in Hampton Roads. The amount of groundwater that is allowed to be withdrawn was reduced in each permit. Also, the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Advisory Committee completed its Final Report in July 2017. Several legislative proposals related to the report were considered by the General Assembly. HRPDC staff will discuss the report, the impacts of permit cuts on the regional water supply, and the unresolved policy issues identified by the advisory committee.

About the HRPDC:
The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), one of 21 Planning District Commissions in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a regional organization representing this area's seventeen local governments. The HRPDC represents over 1.7 million people in the localities of Hampton Roads, Virginia, including the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, the town of Smithfield, and the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry, and York.
  (link to Agenda) 
The Regional Building 
723 Woodlake Drive 
Chesapeake, VA 23320
February 15, 2018
12:30 pm
Contact Information 
Robert Crum 
Executive Director 
Keith Cannady  
Deputy Exec.Director