Maine Water Resources Planning Committee
The Maine Water Resources Planning Committee (WRPC) was established by the 123rd Legislature, 1st Session in May 2007. This step came after many years of referenda on water issues, a 1½ -year-long stakeholder process to review regulations governing groundwater withdrawals, and several controversial groundwater bills in the 1st Session. The establishment and responsibilities of this Committee were part of comprehensive legislative actions to address specific water issues in Maine negotiated with members of the Legislature's Natural Resources Committee and a stakeholder group. The overarching charge to the WRPC is to plan for sustainable use of water resources.
The WRPC draws its membership from state agency groundwater professionals, water utilities, agricultural water users, the bottled water industry, other commercial water users, private well drillers, and a water advocacy organization.
Simulation of Groundwater Conditions and Streamflow Depletion to Evaluate Water Availability in a Freeport, Maine, Watershed, USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5227.
Water Resources Planning Committee and Citizen Trade Policy Commission February 2010 report: "The potential impact of international trade agreements on ground water withdrawal regulations" (pdf format, 211 kb)
- Appendix A:
Citizen Trade Policy Commission membership
Water Resources Planning Committee membership
- Appendix B: Water Policy Background (pdf format, 78 kb)
- Appendix C. Public Hearing Summary (pdf format, 32 kb)
- Appendix D. Waren report (pdf format, 635 kb)
- Appendix E. Briefing by Assistant Attorney General Bensinger on the Takings Clauses of the U.S. and Maine Constitutions. (pdf format, 27 kb)
- Appendix F. Briefing by Assistant Attorney General Gauvreau on international trade agreements and the management of groundwater resources. (pdf format, 79 kb)
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Last updated on January 26, 2014