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,
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
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 email@example.com
Copies of the Great Lakes Regional Water Resources Committee
priorities are available for review and downloading at
DEP's Web site,
http://www.dep.state.pa.us, 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