LINKS TO VIRGINIA'S GROUNDWATER
LAWS AND REGULATIONS
The following presentations are in pdf form and require Adobe Reader. Some of the files
are large and may take several minutes to download.
See the rationale behind expanding the Eastern Virginia
Groundwater Management Area to the Northern Neck and Middle
Why Is the Groundwater Supply of the Northern Neck and Middle
Peninsula in Danger? <<CLICK HERE>>
The Groundwater Supply of the Virginia Coastal Plain: Problems and
An illustrated and easy to read report on the groundwater supply of the Virginia Coastal Plain
and the reasons why it must be protected.
Water Crisis on the Northern Neck: Ringing Down the Curtain on the Era of
Cheap, Convenient, and Abundant Water
An examination of the shrinking groundwater supply of the Virginia Coastal Plain .
A course of five lessons which describes how Virginia is experiencing a historical shift from its
traditional supply of water to a new comprehensive and diversified supply that includes
nontraditional water sources. <<CLICK HERE FOR THE LESSONS>>
A discussion of the debate about the influence of groundwater withdrawals in southern
Maryland on the groundwater supply of the Northern Neck of Virginia. <<CLICK HERE>>
aquifer system of the Virginia Coastal Plain.
overdraft on the Virginia Coastal Plain.
affecting the water supply of Virginia's Northern Neck.
Virginia Coastal Plain.
Plain, may be illustrated by a descriptive model composed of five interdependent elements: rate
of groundwater withdrawal, groundwater supply (resource stock), artesian water levels,
extraction and distribution costs, and scale of water supply planning and management. The
model describes the tracks of these elements as they change with respect to time. Based on the
behavior of the elements of the system, the lifetime of an artesian groundwater supply may be
divided into five distinct eras: Era of Natural Equilibrium, Era of Abundance and Complacency,
Era of Mounting Crises, Era of Supply Restructuring, and Era of Sustainability. This model
provides a basic picture of the changes in the groundwater supply of the Virginia Coastal Plain
during the decades ahead. Consequently, it can serve as a useful framework for water supply
planning and management.
(Abstracted from gsa.confex.com/gsa/2010NE/finalprogram/abstract_167911.htm)
what has to be done to achieve a sustainable water supply. The historic shift from traditional
water sources to a new water supply paradigm is presented.