Monday, December 19, 2016

Episode 347 (12-19-16): Virginia’s State Water Commission Works Where Water Supply, Allocation, and Legislation Meet


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Transcript of audio, notes on the audio, an image, and additional information follow below.

All Web addresses mentioned were functional as of 12-16-16.


TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO

From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of December 19, 2016.

SOUNDS – ~ 8 sec - household faucet, pouring water, filling water bottle

This week, household water sounds open our focus on a legislative commission tasked with studying the supply and allocation of water to Virginia’s households and other users.   Let’s drop in for about 60 seconds on this group’s most recent meeting.

SOUNDS AND VOICE - ~63 sec

You’ve been listening to an excerpt from the November 30, 2016, meeting of Virginia’s State Water Commission.  The speaker was Commission Chair Delegate Thomas Wright, Jr., of Lunenburg County.  The Commission consists of 13 members of the Virginia General Assembly, including the chairs of the House and Senate natural resources committees, plus two non-legislator citizens.

As noted in the excerpt, the Virginia Code mandates the Commission to “study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth; coordinate legislative recommendations of state entities having water-supply and -allocation responsibilities; and report annually its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor.”  In any given year, certain issues may receive particular attention; for example, in 2015, the Commission’s annual report included discussion of coal ash management; in 2006, desalinization; in 1995, the Lake Gaston water-supply pipeline; and in 1985, streamside conservation programs.

At the November 2016 meeting, the Commission’s main focus was the eastern Virginia groundwater aspects of a study completed in October by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (or JLARC), which reviewed Virginia’s overall water resource management and planning.  The 2015 Virginia General Assembly called for the JLARC study, and if the 2017 Assembly considers any bills in response to that study, it’s a good bet that one or more State Water Commission members will play a significant role in those bills.

Thanks to Stephen Schoenholtz for recording the November 30 Commission meeting, and we’ll let the Commission chair adjourn this episode.

VOICE - ~ 15 sec

SHIP’S BELL


For more Virginia water sounds, music, and information, visit us online at virginiawaterradio.org, or call us at (540) 231-5463. Virginia Water Radio is produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, part of Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment. Thanks to Stewart Scales for his banjo version of Cripple Creek to open and close the show. In Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.

AUDIO NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Audio used in this episode was recorded by Stephen Schoenholtz at the Virginia State Water Commission meeting on November 30, 2016, at the Virginia General Assembly Building in Richmond.

IMAGE
Screenshot of the cover of the Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission’s October 2016 report on water planning and management. Image accessed online at http://jlarc.virginia.gov/landing-water.asp, 12/19/16.

EXTRA FACTS ABOUT THE VIRGINIA STATE WATER COMMISSION

According to the Virginia Code, starting at Section 30-186, “Chapter 24: State Water Commission,” online at http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title30/chapter24/, the Commission has the following powers and duties:
“1. Study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, whether these problems are of a quantitative or qualitative nature.
“2. Coordinate the legislative recommendations of all other state entities having responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues.
3. Report annually its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor.

“The chairman of the Commission shall submit to the General Assembly and the Governor an annual executive summary of the interim activity and work of the Commission no later than the first day of each regular session of the General Assembly. The executive summary shall be submitted as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports and shall be posted on the General Assembly's website.”

Again according to the Code, “The Commission shall consist of 15 members to be appointed as follows: the Chairmen of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; seven members of the House of Delegates appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; four members of the Senate appointed by the Committee on Rules; and two non-legislative citizen members to be appointed by the Governor, who shall be citizens of the Commonwealth.”

As of December 2016, the members of the Commission were as follows:
Del. Thomas C. Wright, Jr., Chair;
Del. David L. Bulova;
Del. T. Scott Garrett;
Del. Barry D. Knight;
Del. Daniel W. Marshall, III;
Del. John M. O’Bannon, III;
Del. Luke E. Torian;
Del. R. Lee Ware, Jr.;
Sen. Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.;
Sen. Frank M. Ruff, Jr.;
Sen. William M. Stanley, Jr.;
Sen. Richard H. Stuart;
Sen. Frank W. Wagner;
Mr. Lamont W. Curtis;
Mr. Richard A. Street.

A recording of the entire State Water Commission meeting on November 30, 2016, is available at this link on the Virginia Water Central News Grouper site: Virginia State Water Commission Meeting on November 30, 2016.

SOURCES USED IN AUDIO AND FOR MORE INFORMATION

Virginia Code, starting at Section 30-186, “Chapter 24: State Water Commission,” online at http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title30/chapter24/.

Virginia Division of Legislative Services, “State Water Commission,” online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm.

Virginia General Assembly, “Interim Studies and Commission Listings/State Water Commission,” online at http://studies.virginiageneralassembly.gov/studies/188.

Virginia Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), “Effectiveness of Virginia’s Water Resource Planning and Management,” October 2016 (114 pages), available online at http://jlarc.virginia.gov/landing-water.asp.

Virginia Legislative Information System, Virginia General Assembly 2015 House Joint Resolution 623: “Water resource and planning management; JLARC to study Virginia's resources,” online at http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?151+sum+HJ623.

Virginia State Water Commission, Annual Reports 1984-2017, online at the Virginia Legislative Information System, http://leg2.state.va.us/DLS/h&sdocs.nsf/Search+All/?SearchView&SearchOrder=4&query=State%20Water%20Commission.

Virginia Water Resources Research Center, Virginia Water Central News Grouper: “Two Virginia Water Resources Studies Called for by 2015 General Assembly: 1) Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee Convenes Aug. 18, 2015; 2) JLARC to Study Groundwater and Surface Water Planning and Management,” 8/17/15.

RELATED VIRGINIA WATER RADIO EPISODES

All Water Radio episodes are listed by category at the Index link above (http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/p/index.html). See particularly the Community/Organizations subject category.

Previous episodes on Virginia water-related state agencies include the following:
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - Episode 322, 6/27/16.
General Assembly – Episode 143, 1/7/13; Episode 147, 2/4/13; Episode 196, 1/13/14; Episode 247, 1/5/15; Episode 252, 2/9/15; Episode 297, 1/4/16; Episode 302, 2/8/16.
Marine Resources Commission - Episode 91, 12/5/11.
State Parks (under Department of Conservation and Recreation) – Episode 161, 5/13/13; Episode 320, 6/13/16.
State Water Control Board – Episode 94, 1/9/12.

A previous episode on water supply planning and management is Episode 261 – 4/13/15.

STANDARDS OF LEARNING (SOLs) FOR VIRGINIA TEACHERS

This episode may help with the following 2010 Science SOLs:

Earth Science Course
ES.8 - influences by geologic processes and the activities of humans on freshwater resources, including identification of groundwater and major watershed systems in Virginia.
ES.10 – ocean processes, interactions, and policies affecting coastal zones, including Chesapeake Bay.

The episode may also help with the following 2008 Social Studies SOLs:

Virginia Studies Course
VS.10 – knowledge of government, geography, and economics in present-day Virginia.

Civics and Economics Course
CE.7 – government at the state level.
CE.9 – public policy at local, state, and national levels.

World Geography Course
WG.10 - cooperation among political jurisdictions to solve problems and settle disputes.

Government Course
GOVT.8 – state and local government organization and powers.
GOVT.9 – public policy at local, state, and national levels.
GOVT.16 – role of government in Va. and U.S. economies, including examining environmental issues and property rights.

The episode may also help with the following 2015 Social Studies SOLs, which become effective in the 2017-18 school year:

Virginia Studies Course
VS.10 – knowledge of government, geography, and economics in present-day Virginia.

Civics and Economics Course
CE.7 – government at the state level.
CE.8 – government at the local level.
CE.10 – public policy at local, state, and national levels.

World Geography Course
WG.18 - cooperation among political jurisdictions to solve problems and settle disputes.

Government Course
GOVT.8 – state and local government organization and powers.
GOVT.9 – public policy at local, state, and national levels.
GOVT.15 – role of government in Va. and U.S. economies, including examining environmental issues and property rights.

Virginia’s SOLs are available from the Virginia Department of Education, online at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/.