Potomac Aquifer recharge monitoring; creates advisory board, laboratory established, SWIFT Project. (SB1414)

Introduced By

Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Potomac Aquifer recharge monitoring; advisory board; laboratory established; SWIFT Project. Creates an advisory board and a laboratory to monitor the effects of the Sustainable Water Infrastructure for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Project being undertaken by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD). The bill establishes a 10-member advisory board called the Potomac Aquifer Recharge Oversight Committee (the Committee), directing it to ensure that the SWIFT Project is monitored independently. The bill provides that the Committee shall consist of the State Health Commissioner, the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, the Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the two Co-Directors of the Laboratory, the Director of the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory, two Virginia citizens appointed by the Governor, and two nonvoting members. The Committee is required by the bill to meet at least quarterly during the initial three years of its existence. The bill also authorizes the Committee to appoint a science and technical advisory council and directs the Committee to request funding from HRSD for the first three years of monitoring of the recharge of the aquifer. The bill also creates the Potomac Aquifer Recharge Monitoring Laboratory (the Laboratory) at a location to be selected in the Hampton Roads region, placing it under the co-direction of one Old Dominion University faculty member and one Virginia Tech faculty member. The bill provides that the Laboratory shall monitor the impact of the SWIFT Project on the Potomac Aquifer, manage testing data, and conduct water sampling and analysis. The bill authorizes both the Commissioner of the Department of Health and the State Water Control Board to issue emergency orders to halt injection or make any change to any facility of the SWIFT Project. This bill is identical to HB 2358. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102450D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/22/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1414)
01/24/2019Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2019Read second time and engrossed
01/30/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Placed on Calendar
02/04/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2019Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources & Technology
02/06/2019Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2019Read second time
02/11/2019Read third time
02/11/2019Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1414ER)
02/12/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1414ER)
02/12/2019Signed by Speaker
02/13/2019Signed by President
02/14/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 14, 2019
02/14/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 21, 2019
02/19/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 58 (effective 7/1/19)
02/19/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0058)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2358.