§46-13.1-5  Groundwater protection study. –


Published: 2015

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TITLE 46

Waters and Navigation

CHAPTER 46-13.1

Groundwater Protection

SECTION 46-13.1-5



   § 46-13.1-5  Groundwater protection study.

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(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

areas;



   (3) Recommendations for the utilization of the state's

groundwater resources, including integrated use with surface waters, for their

greatest benefits;



   (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;

and



   (7) Recommendations for regional and local planning and

programs for water use and management of land resources interfacing with

groundwater resources.



   (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

identifiable harms.



   (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.)