Water Resources Program 2019-2021

Key Project:

Initiate Alternative Consumptive Use Mitigation Pilot


Priority Water Resources Need:

Develop Additional Consumptive Use Mitigation


Project Location:

Lower Susquehanna Subbasin, Pennsylvania


Project Lead:

Project Description:

modification in progress The Commission strives to encourage and undertake consumptive use mitigation projects through administration of its regulatory program and its own activities funded by consumptive use mitigation fee payments. This includes pursuit of traditional water storage and low flow augmentation projects, as well as alternative methods including water conservation and reuse, groundwater recharge, and water quality improvements. This pilot effort aims to identify a partnership opportunity to implement an alternative consumptive use mitigation project in a priority watershed within the Lower Susquehanna Subbasin. The project will attempt to demonstrate how demand modification or environmental/water quality alternatives can be employed to meet the Commission’s consumptive use mitigation objectives.


Challenges:
  • Identifying project partner in priority watershed
  • Identifying suitable pilot project
  • Project design, permitting, and construction
  • Demonstrating offset reductions in water availability during droughts

Key Milestones:
  • •  Identify Priority Watersheds
    (September 2019)
  • •  Contact Potential Partners
    (December 2019)
  • •  Scope Pilot Project
    (June 2020)
  • •  Initiate Pilot Project
    (September 2020)
  • •  Initiate Feasibility Study
    (March 2021)