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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 25. State Water Control Board
Chapter 920. General Permit for the Use of Irrigation Withdrawals from the Surficial Aquifer Greater Than 300,000 Gallons in any One Month
5/22/2024

9VAC25-920-10. Definitions.

The words and terms used in this chapter shall have the meanings defined in § 62.1-254 et seq. of the Code of Virginia (Ground Water Management Act of 1992) and 9VAC25-610 (Groundwater Withdrawal Regulation), except that for the purposes of this chapter, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Adverse impact" means reductions in groundwater levels or changes in groundwater quality that limit the ability of any existing groundwater user lawfully withdrawing or authorized to withdraw groundwater at the time of permit or special exception issuance to continue to withdraw the quantity and quality of groundwater required by the existing use. Existing groundwater users include all those persons that have been granted a groundwater withdrawal permit subject to this chapter and all other persons who are excluded from permit requirements by 9VAC25-610-50.

"Agricultural irrigation" means irrigation that is used to support any operation devoted to bona fide production of crops, animals, or fowls, including the production of fruits and vegetables of any kinds; meat, dairy, and poultry products; nuts, tobacco, and floral products; and the production and harvest of products from silvicultural activity.

"Applicant" means a person filing an application to initiate or enlarge a groundwater withdrawal in a groundwater management area.

"Area of impact" means the areal extent of each aquifer where more than one foot of drawdown is predicted to occur due to a proposed withdrawal.

"Beneficial use" includes domestic, including public water supply; agricultural; commercial; and industrial uses.

"Board" means the State Water Control Board. When used outside the context of the promulgation of regulations, including regulations to establish general permits "board" means the "Department of Environmental Quality".

"Department" or "DEQ" means the Department of Environmental Quality.

"Eastern Shore Groundwater Management Area" means the groundwater management area declared by the board encompassing the Counties of Accomack and Northampton.

"Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area" means the groundwater management area declared by the board encompassing the Counties of Charles City, Essex, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, King George, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Prince George, Richmond, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland, and York; the areas of Caroline, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Hanover, Henrico, Prince William, Spotsylvania, and Stafford Counties east of Interstate 95; and the Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Hopewell, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg.

"Groundwater" means any water, except capillary moisture, beneath the land surface in the zone of saturation or beneath the bed of any stream, lake, reservoir, or other body of surface water wholly or partially within the boundaries of this Commonwealth, whatever the subsurface geologic structure in which such water stands, flows, percolates, or otherwise occurs.

"Groundwater management area" means a geographically defined groundwater area in which the board has deemed the levels, supply, or quality of groundwater to be adverse to public welfare, health, and safety.

"Irrigation" means the controlled application through man-made systems to supply water requirements not satisfied by rainfall to assist in the growing or maintenance of vegetative growth.

"Mitigate" means to take actions necessary to assure that all existing groundwater users at the time of issuance of a permit or special exception who experience adverse impacts continue to have access to the amount and quality of groundwater needed for existing uses.

"Nonagricultural irrigation" means all irrigation other than agricultural irrigation.

"Permit" means a groundwater withdrawal permit issued under the Ground Water Management Act of 1992 (§ 62.1-254 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) permitting the withdrawal of a specified quantity of groundwater under specified conditions in a groundwater management area.

"Permittee" means a person that currently has an effective groundwater withdrawal permit, or coverage under a general permit, issued under the Ground Water Act of 1992.

"Surface water and groundwater conjunctive use system" means an integrated water supply system wherein surface water is the primary source and groundwater is a supplemental source that is used to augment the surface water source when the surface water source is not able to produce the amount of water necessary to support the annual water demands of the system.

"Virginia Drought Evaluation Regions" means those drought evaluation regions encompassing the Counties of Charles City, Essex, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, King George, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Prince George, Richmond, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland, and York; the areas of Caroline, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Hanover, Henrico, Prince William, Spotsylvania, and Stafford Counties east of Interstate 95; and the Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Hopewell, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-256, 62.1-258.1, and 62.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 39, Issue 4, eff. November 9, 2022.

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