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9VAC25-220-40. Initiate surface water management area proceeding.

A. The board upon its own motion or, in its discretion, upon receipt of a petition by any county, city or town within the surface water management area in question, or any state agency, may initiate a surface water management area proceeding whenever in its judgment there is evidence to indicate that:

1. A stream has substantial instream values as indicated by evidence of fishery, recreation, habitat, cultural or aesthetic properties;

2. Historical records or current conditions indicate that a low flow condition could occur which would threaten important instream uses; and

3. Current or potential offstream uses contribute to or are likely to exacerbate natural low flow conditions to the detriment of instream values.

B. If the board finds that the conditions required in subsection A of this section exist and further finds that the public welfare, health and safety require that regulatory efforts be initiated, the board shall, by regulation, declare the area in question to be a surface water management area.

C. In its proceeding to declare an area to be a surface water management area, the board shall, by regulation, determine when the level of flow is such that permit conditions in a surface water management area are in force. This flow level will be determined for each regulation establishing a surface water management area and included in it.

D. The board shall include in its decision a definition of the boundaries of the surface water management area.

E. The regulations may provide that the board, or the board executive director may by order, declare that the level of flow is such that permit conditions are applicable for all or part of a surface water management area.

F. The board shall follow its Public Participation Guidelines (9VAC25-11) for all hearings contemplated under this section. If after a public hearing held pursuant to  2.2-4007.01 of the Virginia Administrative Process Act, or at the request of an affected person or on the board motion, a hearing shall be held under  2.2-4009 of the Virginia Administrative Process Act.

Statutory Authority

62.1-249 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-15-03 1.1, eff. June 3, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 10, eff. February 25, 2016.


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