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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 11-1186


Availability of Technical Guidance

[41 Pa.B. 3937]
[Saturday, July 16, 2011]

 Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at The ''Technical Guidance Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various Department bureaus where each bureau's final technical guidance documents are posted. The ''Technical Guidance Draft Documents'' heading is the link to the Department's draft technical guidance documents.

Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance

 The Department encourages the use of the Internet to view and download technical guidance documents. When this option is not available, persons can order a paper copy of any of the Department's draft or final technical guidance documents by contacting the Department at (717) 783-8727.

 In addition, bound copies of some of the Department's documents are available as Department publications. Check with the appropriate bureau for more information about the availability of a particular document as a publication.

Changes to Technical Guidance Documents

 Following is the current list of recent changes. Persons who have questions or comments about a particular document should call the contact person whose name and phone number is listed with each document.

Final Technical Guidance—New Guidance

 DEP ID: 392-2130-015. Title: Guidelines for Development of Critical Area Resource Plans. Description: The Water Resources Planning Act (Act 220 of 2002) provides for the development of a Critical Area Resource Plan (CARP) for any watershed designated as a Critical Water Planning Area (CWPA). The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to Department staff, Regional Water Resources Committees, the Statewide Water Resources Committee, State and Federal agencies, businesses and the public to assist in development of CARPs. This document outlines the plan elements and process that will be used to develop, review and approve CARPs. These elements are solely for planning purposes and are not intended to reflect existing or future regulatory requirements. This document was published as a draft at 39 Pa.B. 6520 (November 7, 2009). No comments were received during the 30-day public comment period. Related Technical Guidance Document No. 392-2130-014, Guidelines for Identification of Critical Water Planning Areas, describes the process and criteria that will be used to identify CWPAs. After an area receives CWPA designation, a more intensive planning process will be undertaken to produce a CARP. This plan will include a more detailed investigation of water availability and current and future demands for water, with a focus on identifying existing and potential conflicts among users and possible alternatives to resolve the conflicts. The CARP that results from the study is not a regulatory document and will not be binding. It will, however, suggest measures and actions that could be adopted voluntarily to address the potential water shortage in the area. Contact: Questions regarding the technical guidance should be directed to Lori Mohr at (717) 787-4628 or

Effective Date: Final upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 11-1186. Filed for public inspection July 15, 2011, 9:00 a.m.]

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