Draft Water Withdrawal Permits or Variances

Draft Groundwater Withdrawal Permits and draft Virginia Water Protection (VWP) Individual Permits for surface water withdrawals from the State Water Control Board are available for public comment before issuance of the final permit.  DEQ issues public notices of these draft permits to ensure the opportunity for public comment before the permit becomes final.  Public notices of temporary variances to the conditions of existing, issued permits are also listed on this page.

Current Groundwater Withdrawal Draft Permit Public Notices (or variances to existing permits):

Comment Period Contact Location Facility Project Description
April 23, 2019 to May 22, 2019 Joseph Grist Newport News Pier IX/X Terminal

Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals, Inc. has applied for a reissuance of a permit for utilizing groundwater for coal dust suppression in Newport News, Virginia. The permit would allow the applicant to withdraw an average of 98,900 gallons per day. The groundwater withdrawal will support, in combination with stormwater, the suppression of coal dust at the Pier IX/X Terminals. The proposed withdrawal will utilize the Potomac aquifer at a depth between 672 feet to 890 feet below the land surface at the withdrawal site and the proposed withdrawal will utilize the Columbia aquifer at a depth between 0 feet to 21 feet below the land surface at the withdrawal site. An aquifer is a body of rock or layer of sediment in the ground in which groundwater is stored and transported. DEQ has made a tentative decision to issue the permit.

GW0044700 Public Notice


Current Virginia Water Protection (VWP) Draft Surface Water Withdrawal Individual Permit Public Notices (or variances to existing permits)

Comment Period Comment Period Contact Contact Location Location Facility Facility Project Description Project description
May 17, 2019 to June 17, 2019 Joseph Grist Grayson County Fries Hydroelectric Project

Aquenergy Systems LLC has applied for a Virginia Water Protection (VWP) Permit for the Fries Hydroelectric Project. The application requested authorization of an existing surface water diversion at the Fries Dam, located on the New River in Grayson County, Virginia.   Aquenergy Systems LLC produces hydroelectric power from a diversion of water from the New River.  No impacts to surface waters are proposed. The continued diversion affects the New River in the Upper New River watershed. A watershed is the land area drained by a river and its incoming streams. DEQ’s preliminary decision to issue the permit.

18-0986 Public Notice

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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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