WVC 22 - 11 - 28
§22-11-28. Functions, services and reports of director of the division; obtaining information from others.
The director shall make surveys and investigations of the
water resources of the state and shall maintain an inventory of
the water resources of the state and to the extent practicable
shall divide the state into watershed drainage areas in making this
inventory. The director shall investigate and study the problems
of agriculture, industry, conservation, health, water pollution,
domestic and commercial uses and allied matters as they relate to
the water resources of the state, and shall make and formulate
comprehensive plans and recommendations for the further
development, improvement, protection, preservation, regulation and
use of such water resources, giving proper consideration to the
hydrologic cycle in which water moves. The director shall provide
to the Legislature a biennial report on the quality of the state's
waters, including an evaluation of the information which has been
obtained in accordance with the requirements of this section and
shall include in this report the plans and recommendations which
have been formulated pursuant to the requirements of this section.
Where possible the timing and content of this report shall be
structured so that it may also be used to fulfill any federal
program reporting requirements. The report shall include reasons
for such plans and recommendations, as well as any changes in the
law which are deemed desirable to effectuate such plans and
recommendations. Such report shall be made available to the public at a reasonable price to be determined by the director.
The director may request, and, upon request, is entitled to
receive from any agency of the state or any political subdivision
thereof, or from any other person who engages in a commercial use
or controls any of the water resources of the state, such necessary
information and data as will assist in obtaining a complete
picture of the water resources of the state and the existing
control and commercial use thereof. The director shall reimburse
such agencies, political subdivisions and other persons for any
expenses, which would not otherwise have been incurred, in making
such information and data available.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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