2011-2012 Water Policy

The Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) is a joint bipartisan committee of the Legislature created by the passage of Senate Bill No. 22 (2009). The Legislature authorized the committee to study topical water quality and quantity issues.

  • Representative Pat Connell
  • Representative Betsy Hands
  • Representative Bill McChesney
  • Representative Walt McNutt, Vice Presiding Officer
  • Senator Debby Barrett
  • Senator Chas Vincent
  • Senator Bradley Maxon Hamlett, Presiding Officer
  • Senator Sharon Stewart-Peregoy

Agency and Program Monitoring

Other Topics

Water Rights Enforcement

Assigned Studies

HB 602 - Study Exempt Wells

Statutory Duties

  • LC 8000 - Define combined appropriation and require CGWA mitigation
  • Draft 1: February 21, 2012
  • Draft 2: May 11, 2012
  • LC 8001 - Require public water and sewer in certain subdivisions
  • Draft 1: February 21, 2012
  • Draft 2: May 11, 2012
  • LC 8002- Reduce exempt well rate and volume
  • Draft 1: February 21, 2012
  • Draft 2: May 11, 2012
  • LC 8003 - Limit exempt approporation in confined aquifers
  • Draft 1: February 21, 2012
  • Draft 2: May 11, 2012
  • LC 8004- Limit exempt appropriation in subdivisions
  • Draft 1 : February 21, 2012
  • Draft 2: May 11, 2012
  • LC 8009 - Clarify taxation and ownership of river channel changed by avulsion (option 1)
  • Draft 1: June 29, 2012
  • The WPIC in July 2012 considered two options to clarify the taxation and ownership of a river channel changed by avulsion. Though LC8009 and LC8010 are similar in purpose, the WPIC is seeking public comment on LC8010.

    LC 8010 - Clarify taxation and ownership of river channel changed by avulsion
  • Memo
  • Draft 1: June 29, 2012
  • LC 8010 and public comment
  • LC 8011- Generally revise water supply laws for subdivisions
  • Draft 1: July 23, 2012
  • LC 8011 and public comment, August 29, 2012
  • LC 8012 - Revise laws related to water use in subdivisions
  • Draft 1: July 23, 2012
  • LC 8012 and public comment, August 29, 2012
  • Define combined appropriation - Sen. Hamlett
  • Draft 1: September 6, 2012
  • Establish stream depletion zones - Sen. Vincent
  • Draft 1: September 6, 2012
  • Final Committee Action

    LC 8013 - Define combined appropriation
  • Draft 1: September 17, 2012
  • LC 8015 - Establish stream depletion zones
  • Draft 1: September 17, 2012
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