Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Local and Regional Water Supply Planning [9 VAC 25 ‑ 780]
Amendments pursuant to Chapter 1105 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly
Action 5627
General Information
Action Summary The Local and Regional Water Supply Regulation (9VAC25-780) was promulgated in 2005 in accordance with section 62.1-44.38:1.A of the Code of Virginia, which required the State Water Control Board (Board) to establish a comprehensive water supply planning process for the development of local, regional and state water supply plans (Plan). The General Assembly modified this statute during the 2020 Session through Chapter 1105 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly. Amendments to ยงยง 62.1-44.36, 62.1-44.38, and 62.1-44.38:1 of the Code of Virginia direct the Board to encourage the development of cross-jurisdictional water supply projects, and to adopt regulations designating regional planning areas based primarily on river basin. The amendments also mandate that each locality in a particular regional planning area shall participate in cross-jurisdictional, coordinated water resource planning, and all localities in each area shall together develop and submit a single regional Plan. The bill directs the Department of Environmental Quality (Department) to facilitate the creation of regional water plans by ensuring sufficient coordination among localities, providing planning and other assistance, and ensuring that each regional plan identifies risks and proposes cost-effective strategies in response. This regulatory proposal will amend the existing Local and Regional Water Supply Plan Regulation to implement the amendments made by Chapter 1105 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006543]
Is Federal action a driving factor in this regulatory change? If so, please provide a specific reference to the law, regulation or court case.
Associated Mandates Regional Water Resource Planning
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9098 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 07/22/2021.
9784 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 07/21/2023.
10205 Final Governor's office review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Hannah Somers 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
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