WRE Implementation

wreALWI successfully provides water and wastewater planning and feasibility evaluation services to private sector clients, utilities, municipalities and other agencies in the preliminary stages of seeking water and wastewater permits and approvals.

Throughout the Mid-Atlantic region we have developed and maintained close professional and personal relationships with key decision makers in many state, river basin and local regulatory agencies. We thoroughly understand local and state technical requirements with regard to groundwater withdrawal and discharge. Both in Maryland and beyond, reviewing agency personnel often have been quoted as being satisfied with the breadth, conservatism and overall content of technical submittal supported by ALWI planning-level feasibility evaluations.

In 2006, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 1141, requiring detailed Water Resources Elements (WREs) to be included in comprehensive plan updates to be prepared and submitted by local governments by October 1, 2009. Some jurisdictions secured extensions until early 2010.

Successful WREs identify drinking water adequacy (or inadequacy) in supporting the needs of existing users and future development, especially important during times of drought and water restrictions. WREs also identify suitable receiving waters (and/or lands) to meet wastewater treatment and disposal needs. As agency submittal deadlines approach and pass, focus is shifting from WRE preparation to implementation. Hydrogeology remains at the core of successful efforts to implement WRE recommendations of water supply and discharge capacity.

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