BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) will hold a public hearing Monday night to gather input on a water transfer permit the Brunswick County Public Utilities is seeking.
The utility company is hoping for a permit to transfer a maximum of 18.3 million gallons of water a day from the Cape Fear River basin to the Shallotte and Waccamaw River basins.
According to a news release, the county has a grandfathered transfer capacity of 10.5 million gallons of water a day. The requested increase is based on a 30-year water demand projection through the year 2042.
The Brunswick County Public Utilities anticipates minimal or no impact to water quality and no impacts to existing and projected withdrawals in the basin, based on the results of an environmental assessment.
The public can see the Brunswick County Public Utilities draft petition and supporting environmental documents at www.ncwater.org/Permits_and_Registration/Interbasin_Transfer/status/brunswick/.
The public hearing will be held at the Leland Town Hall, located at 102 Town Hall Drive, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m.
People who are unable to attend can mail written comments to Harold Brady, Division of Water Resources, 1611 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1611. Comments may also be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All comments must be postmarked or emailed by Oct. 8.
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