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Mathews board to hold hearing on regional water plan

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday to hear public comment on the Middle Peninsula Regional Water Supply Plan. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in the courthouse.

During the February board meeting, chair Janine Burns said that action was needed on the plan, since it is a mandatory state requirement and the county missed the Nov. 2 deadline for adoption.

In a memorandum, county staff reminded board members that there had been objections to the plan on the grounds that it represented government overreach with regard to private wells, and that concern had also been expressed about adopting a drought management ordinance.

Burns suggested possibly adopting the plan as drafted, but without an enforcement ordinance. She suggested sending a letter to the commonwealth stating that the county will draft an ordinance in the event of an emergency.

The board agreed to have a public hearing on those terms.

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