New Rules for State Aquifers

“The process requires information to make sure that the aquifer is not being detrimentally impacted, and actually prescribes remedies and potential remedies from the government and for the private citizen that may be brought in the event that the aquifer may be detrimentally impacted,” said McColley.

“We feel this strikes a good balance in what needs to be done to ensure that the aquifer is protected and everybody can rest easy that there’s not going to be a detrimental impact on the water supply.”

Our Legislators are proud of their work.  But, what have they actually accomplished?  The following is taken from the Legislative Services Commission comparison.

The Chief of the ODNR Division of Water Resources

  • requires additional information to be included in a permit application for a proposed withdrawal of ground water, including
    • a hydrogeologic map and description
    • a ground water model that defines the projected cone of depression, and
    • alternative water supply information
  • adds to the reasons the Chief may deny an application for a ground water withdrawal, including
    • if the withdrawal will lower ground water levels or
    • cause an aquifer overdraft
  • alters the time-frame for approval or denial.
  • requires a permittee to certify compliance with the permit every five years
  • authorizes the Chief to require a permittee withdrawing ground water to
    • monitor aquifer levels and to
    • reduce withdrawals and
    • revise the ground water model if a withdrawl causes a reduction of a person’s water supply
  • allows a permittee to request a revised permit when another withdrawal potentially affects the cone of depression
  • adds to the reasons why a withdrawal permit may be suspended or revoked, including
    • a lowering of water levels,
    • aquifer overdrafts, and
    • irreparable aquifer damage
  • establishes a process by which surrounding property owners may submit complaints regarding a reduction of ground water supply