Plan Evaluations

Water


In order to determine net excess capacity available as allocation for growth the plan will determine:
  • Annual average daily capacity
  • Average daily capacity during the maximum usage month
  • Impacts to capacity during droughts
  • Maximum daily capacity
The Water Resources Plan will evaluate existing capacity and projected use and will determine response recommendations including:
  • Demand management; conservation, leak repair, reuse, right pricing
  • Increased storage
  • New water sources
  • Redirected growth patterns
  • Water supply easements
Along with providing adequate water resources for the county the plan should additionally provide recommendations for
  • Aquifer protection
  • Base flow maintenance
  • Source water protection
  • Sustained flow-bys

Wastewater


The Water Resources Plan will examine adequate wastewater capacity to prevent hydraulic overload and determine protection of water quality through:
  • NPDES permit requirements
  • TMDL limits
  • Tributary Strategy goals
The Plan will examine wastewater management alternatives including:
  • Capacity trading
  • Controlled inflow and infiltration
  • Expanded infrastructure
  • Gray water reuse opportunities
  • Increased treatment
  • Offsets
  • Redirected growth patterns
  • Spray irrigation

Septic


The Water Resources Plan will be required to determine quantity and loads of existing systems and develop strategies to mitigate impacts to ground and surface waters through innovative recommendations:
  • Advanced treatment septic systems
  • Expansion of public sewer systems
  • Shared and community systems
Local government planning agencies will ultimately make decisions for:
  • Adequate capacity
  • Protection of natural resources
  • Protection of sources water
  • Sustainable yield

Stormwater


The Plan will assess existing stormwater management systems and evaluate the functionality of these systems based on:
  • Maintenance of hydrologic patterns
  • MS 4 permit requirements
  • Protection of stream stability and flow-bys
  • Protection of water quality
  • Reduction in nutrient and sediment loads
  • TMDL limits
  • Tributary Strategy goals
The Plan will examine additional stormwater management strategies to achieve water quality goals through various recommendations:
  • Application of Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Protected sensitive resources including; forests and wetlands
  • Redirected growth
  • Reduced impervious surfaces