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BILL AS PASSED BY SENATE 2007-2008

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S.92

AN ACT RELATING TO GROUNDWATER MAPPING

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 1416 is added to read:

§ 1416.  GROUNDWATER MAPPING

(a)  In accordance with the requirements of subdivision 1392(a)(4) of this title to identify and map the groundwater resources of the state, the secretary of natural resources shall establish a groundwater mapping program within the office of the state geologist.  The groundwater mapping program shall identify public water supply sources and groundwater sources that may serve as future public water supply sources.  The office of the state geologist shall also identify areas of interest that require additional mapping, including location of water wells, mapping of surficial geology and bedrock, and, if funds are available, geophysical studies.

(b)  Prior to October 15, 2007, the secretary of natural resources shall develop a schedule for mapping the groundwater resources of the state.  In developing the schedule for mapping the groundwater resources of the state, the secretary shall give priority to municipalities, watersheds, and other areas subject to development pressure, groundwater supply shortages, groundwater quality issues, or commercial groundwater withdrawal.  The secretary shall submit the schedule required by this section to the legislative study committee on groundwater regulation and funding, the senate committee on natural resources and energy, and the house committee on fish, wildlife and water resources.

(c)  The secretary of natural resources may adopt rules implementing the requirements of this section.

Sec. 2.  AGENCY OF NATURAL RESOURCES GROUNDWATER
 FUNDING REPORT

(a)  On or before October 15, 2007, the agency of natural resources shall report to the senate committee on natural resources and energy and the house committee on fish, wildlife and water resources with a recommendation for funding the groundwater resources of the state as required under sections 1392 and 1416 of Title 10.  The report shall include:

(1)  A summary of the current groundwater mapping conducted or completed by the agency of natural resources, including use of compiled groundwater data, well driller reports, and other groundwater data.

(2)  A summary of the appropriations and personnel currently available to the agency of natural resources for groundwater mapping.

(3)  An estimate of the appropriations and personnel necessary to fund the mapping of the groundwater resources of the state as required by sections 1392 and 1416 of Title 10 and a proposal for incorporating such appropriations into the agency of natural resources’ annual budget.

(b)  Upon completion of the report required by this section, the agency of natural resources shall submit the report to the legislative study committee on groundwater regulation and funding.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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