Bill Summary for S 679 (2013-2014)

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Apr 4 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
Senate Bill 679 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO DIRECT THAT THE PRESCRIBED WATER USE REDUCTION RATE FOR CERTAIN AREAS OF THE CENTRAL COASTAL PLAIN CAPACITY USE AREA SHALL BE CAPPED AT TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT UNLESS THE WATER LEVELS DROP BELOW THE WATER LEVELS OF JANUARY 1, 2012, AND TO DIRECT THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION TO DO A DETAILED STUDY AND ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT STATE OF THE ENTIRE CENTRAL COASTAL PLAIN CAPACITY USE AREA.
Intro. by D. Davis.

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Provides that the prescribed water use reduction for Greene County, the Town of Snow Hill, and all other local governments in Greene County, LaGrange and Farmville will continue to be an annual reduction of 25%  from the approved base rate that was established in 2002 for each of those local governments. Provides that Greene County, the Town of Snow Hill, and all other local governments in Greene County, LaGrange and Farmville will not be required to implement any additional annual water use reduction unless water levels fall below the water levels of January 1, 2012.

Directs the Environmental Management Commission (Commission) to do a detailed assessment of the entire Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area, including any and all studies provided by purveyors, counties, and municipalities.  The state of current water resources will be the focus of the assessment and new data and evidence from the above local governments and municipalities will be carefully considered and evaluated. The Commission will report its recommendations and findings to the Environmental Review Commission.

Directs Greene County, the Town of Snow Hill and all other local governments in Greene County, the Town of La Grange, and the Town of Farmville to raise their pumps to the top of the aquifer.

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