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Shared Vision Planning

Susquehanna River Basin Studies

This work was a series of small efforts done in parallel with an ongoing Section 22 study of water supply in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, area. The collective work had five components: an examination of the condition of small water supply systems; an investigation of differences between public- and investor-owned utilities’ drought contingency plans; a brief review of vulnerability to drought; a look at the possibilities for conjunctive management of surface and groundwater; and the development of a preliminary shared vision model of the Susquehanna River in collaboration with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC). The studies found that regionalization of water supplied would help efforts to meet water quality and drought preparedness needs. There were few differences between the drought preparedness plans of public and private water utilities; all were formulaic. SRBC has since purchased computer equipment and software to continue the development of the shared vision model. The Baltimore District is aiding this effort as part of the Planning Assistance to States (Section 22). The objective in this work is unusual; the SRBC feels that current drought management techniques may be too frequently imposed, and intends to use a shared vision model and Atlas statistics to demonstrate that.