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PA DEP: Erie Meeting, Hearing Set on Water Resources Management and Planning Under Act 220; Citizens Encouraged to Attend Public Meeting in Erie
Published May 3, 2005

Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Water Management Cathleen Curran Myers and Great Lakes Regional Water Resources Committee Chairman Nick Mobilia today invited residents living in the Great Lakes River Basin to attend a public meeting and hearing on water resources management and planning under Act 220 of 2002.

A general information session including registration, displays and
regional water resource maps will be available prior to the meeting at
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at the Erie County Conservation District, 1927 Wager Rd., Erie. The public meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m., and the hearing will follow immediately from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the same location.

The Great Lakes Regional Water Resources Committee is seeking comments on water resources management and planning within the Great Lakes Basin. In addition, comments are invited on the draft regional water resource priorities developed by the committee.

At the May 10 public meeting, Mobilia will provide background on the
state's Water Resources Act (Act 220 of 2002) as well as highlight key
priorities defined by the regional committee. The meeting will include time for public questions on the process of developing the State Water Plan, including the draft water resources priorities.

During the public hearing, DEP will take oral testimony on water resources management and planning in the region. DEP also will accept written comments until June 30. Written comments should be sent to: DEP Water Planning Office, 400 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17105. Comments may also be submitted electronically at
Copies of the Great Lakes Regional Water Resources Committee draft
priorities are available for review and downloading at DEP's Web site,, Keyword "Water Resources."

People with disabilities who would like to attend the meeting and hearing
but require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodations should contact the department for assistance. TDD users may use the AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984.

The Water Resources Act requires DEP to develop a new State Water Plan over the next several years working with a regional and a 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, an 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 the development of critical area resource plans for these areas.

CONTACT: Kerry Chippo, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection, +1-717-787-1323.







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