Waters and Navigation
§ 46-13.1-5 Groundwater protection study.
(a) The department of environmental management is hereby authorized to conduct
a statewide groundwater protection study to include:
(1) A complete and updated hydrogeologic study depicting the
quantities and qualities of groundwater that could be available to specific
areas for private or public drinking water;
(2) Present and projected demands for water for specific
(3) Recommendations for the utilization of the state's
groundwater resources, including integrated use with surface waters, for their
(4) Recommendations for such major engineering works or
special districts which may be necessary, including the need, timing, and
general cost thereof;
(5) Recommendations for land use and other measures where
appropriate. Pursuant to groundwater classifications as specified in §
46-13.1-4, to insure the desired quality and abundance of water;
(6) Consideration of the land and water resource needs of
residential, recreational, agricultural, industrial, and commercial interests;
(7) Recommendations for regional and local planning and
programs for water use and management of land resources interfacing with
(b) The director shall report the findings and
recommendations of the groundwater protection study to the general assembly on
or before February 28, 1988.
(c) The department of environmental management is hereby
directed to make recommendations to identify the physical location of
significant aquifers and the identification of any actual or potential harms to
those aquifers, and the development of a plan to protect the aquifers from the
(d) The director shall report the findings and
recommendations of this portion of the groundwater protection study to the
general assembly on or before February 28, 1987.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1985, ch. 494, § 1; P.L. 1986, ch. 298, § 1.)