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River Water Transfer Hearing Canceled

Updated 12:02 p.m. Jan. 18:

BURGAW — The public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, on the Pender County Utilities’ request to transfer more water from a neighboring river basin has been canceled due to inclement weather.

A new public hearing date and public comment period will be announced once the meeting is scheduled.

Original post Jan. 11 announcing the public hearing:

BURGAW –  A public hearing Jan. 18 will give citizens an opportunity to comment on Pender County Utilities’ request to transfer millions gallons of water a day from a neighboring river basin to meet projected water needs, the Department of Environmental Quality announced Thursday.

Hosted by state officials, the public hearing is at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Public Assembly Room, 805 South Walker St. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Speakers are asked to provide a written copy of their comments. Based on the number of people speaking, the length of oral comments may be limited.

Pender County Utilities provides drinking water to county residents that is sourced from the Cape Fear River via the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority. The county is in the process of expanding its water distribution system to accommodate anticipated growth.

An interbasin transfer certificate is required for the transfer of more than 2 million gallons of surface water a day between river basins, according to the press release. County utilities has requested to move up to 14.5 million gallons of water a day from the Cape Fear River basin to the Northeast Cape Fear, New, and South River basins in anticipation of the projected growth in the county through the year 2045 and an effort to move residents off private groundwater wells.

Written comments may be submitted by mail to: Division of Water Resources, Attn: Kim Nimmer, 1611 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1611. Comments may also be submitted by email to: dwr.ibt@ncdenr.gov. All comments must be postmarked or emailed by Feb. 19.

The commission will consider all public comments received in making its final determination on whether to issue a certificate for the water transfer. A final determination is expected by mid-2018.

The Pender County IBT Petition, Water Conservation Plan and Drought Management Plan may be viewed during the hearing, online or during normal business hours at the N.C. Division of Water Resources’ Central Office, 512 North Salisbury St., Room 1117G, Raleigh.

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