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Water Resources Regional Committee Meetings Continue Throughout Commonwealth; Public Participation Encouraged at February Meetings
PRNewswire
Published February 3rd, 2005



HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection continues its series of Water Resources Regional Committee meetings with events planned in February for each of the six major river basins of Pennsylvania - Delaware, Great Lakes, Lower Susquehanna, Ohio, Potomac and Upper/Middle Susquehanna.

"The regional committees, which represent Pennsylvania's geographic
diversity, will facilitate the development of the regional components of the
State Water Plan and critical area resource plans," DEP Deputy Secretary for Watershed Management Cathleen Curran Myers said. "The input provided by these individuals as well as each public participant will ensure our State Water Plan reflects both regional and statewide needs."

Meeting times, dates and locations scheduled for February include:
-- Great Lakes Committee at 10 a.m., Feb. 8 at Erie County Conservation District, 1927 Wager Road, Erie.
-- Delaware Committee at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 11 at DEP's Southeast Regional Office, 2 E. Main St., Norristown.
-- Lower Susquehanna Committee at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 14 at DEP's
Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.
-- Ohio Committee at 10 a.m., Feb. 15 at the Cranberry Township
Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road, Suite 400, Cranberry Township.
-- Potomac Committee at 10 a.m., Feb. 18 at the Franklin County
Administrative Annex Building, 218 N. Second St., Chambersburg.
-- Upper/Middle Susquehanna Committee at 10 a.m., Feb. 17 at DEP's
Northeast Regional Office, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.

The schedules and an agenda for each meeting, including meeting materials, will be available through the Public Participation Center on DEP's Web site, http://www.dep.state.pa.us, Keyword: "DEP Participate."

The Water Resources Act requires DEP to develop a new State Water Plan, working with a regional and statewide committee whose membership includes a broad representation of business and industry, agriculture, local government and environmental interests.

Through an open public process, in consultation with the statewide
committee and DEP, regional committees will recommend the regional plan components to the statewide committee for incorporation into the State Water Plan.

The State Water Plan will be designed to provide up-to-date information on water availability, assessment and projection of water use and future demands on a watershed basis, identification of critical water planning areas where water demands are projected to exceed available water supplies, and development of critical area resource plans for these areas.

For more information on water resources, visit DEP's Web site at
http://www.dep.state.pa.us, Keyword: "DEP Water Management" or call the Act
220 Hotline at 888-457-6653.

CONTACT: Kerry Chippo
(717) 787-1323


SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Web Site: http://www.dep.state.pa.us






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