§ 3115.  Development, adoption, amendment and periodic review of
                State water plan.
        (a)  Preparation of State water plan.--
            (1)  A State water plan shall be developed and adopted in
        accordance with this section within five years of the
        effective date of this chapter. After the initial adoption of
        a State water plan, the plan shall be amended and updated
        every five years.
            (2)  The department, in consultation with the Statewide
        committee, shall develop policies and guidelines for:
                (i)  Preparing or amending the regional plan
            components and the State water plan.
                (ii)  Ensuring public participation in the
            development or amendment of the State water plan.
                (iii)  Identifying critical water planning areas.
                (iv)  Developing critical area resources plans.
        Policies and guidelines shall be adopted only upon approval
        by both the Statewide committee and the secretary.
            (3)  All meetings, hearings and public review under this
        chapter shall be in accordance with the provisions of 65
        Pa.C.S. Ch. 7 (relating to open meetings) and any regulations
        promulgated thereunder.
        (b)  Development of the State water plan.--
            (1)  Each regional committee shall:
                (i)  Hold at least one combined public meeting and
            hearing within its region to solicit input on water
            resources management and water resources planning within
            the region.
                (ii)  Make recommendations to the department and the
            Statewide committee on the development or amendment of
            the State water plan.
                (iii)  Make recommendations on the identification of
            critical water planning areas within the region.
            (2)  Based upon the recommendations and guidance of the
        regional committees and consistent with the policies and
        guidelines established under subsection (a)(2), the
        department, in consultation with the Statewide committee,
        shall prepare drafts of the initial regional plan components
        to be used in the development or amendment of the State water
        plan. The department may also utilize other available
        resources to assist with the preparation of the drafts.
            (3)  The department, in conjunction with the Statewide
        committee and the regional committee, shall hold at least one
        combined public meeting and hearing in each region to solicit
        input on the drafts of the initial regional plan components
        to be used in the development or amendment of the State water
        plan.
            (4)  Following public participation and the combined
        public meeting and hearing required under paragraph (3), each
        regional committee shall select, by a majority vote, the
        planning alternatives and provisions to be recommended as
        part of the regional plan component of the State water plan.
        Each regional committee shall recommend, by a majority vote,
        the regional plan component to the Statewide committee. Each
        regional committee shall provide to another regional
        committee any proposed regional plan component recommendation
        that may affect any other region for review and comment prior
        to recommendation of the regional plan component to the
        Statewide committee.
            (5)  With consideration of the regional plan components
        developed under paragraphs (1) through (4), and consistent
        with the policies and guidelines established under subsection
        (a)(2), the department, in ongoing consultation with the
        Statewide committee, shall prepare a draft of the State water
        plan or amendments to the State water plan. The department,
        in conjunction with the Statewide committee, shall make the
        draft of the State water plan available for public review to
        solicit input on the draft of the State water plan or
        amendments to the State water plan.
        (c)  Adoption of regional plan components and State water
     plan.--Regional plans and the State water plan shall be
     recommended and adopted in accordance with the following
     procedures:
            (1)  Each regional committee shall, by a majority vote,
        recommend the regional plan components to the Statewide
        committee as provided in subsection (b).
            (2)  If a regional committee fails to comply with the
        obligations set forth in this chapter, the Statewide
        committee shall, after providing 90 days' written notice to
        the regional committee, propose, approve and recommend the
        regional plan components for that region.
            (3)  The Statewide committee or the secretary may direct
        modification of a new or previously approved regional plan,
        in whole or in part, upon finding one of the following:
                (i)  Recommended planning or management alternatives
            or provisions of two or more regional plans are
            inconsistent, or two or more regional planning committees
            are unable to agree on an alternative or provision
            affecting their respective regions.
                (ii)  A recommended planning or management
            alternative or provision is inconsistent with:
                    (A)  this chapter;
                    (B)  Federal or State statutes, regulations or
                officially adopted policies or plans; or
                    (C)  compacts or other interstate agreements and
                plans.
                (iii)  A regional plan component is inconsistent with
            or conflicts with the provisions or objectives of the
            overall State water plan.
                (iv)  The recommended regional plan component fails
            to conform to section 3112 (relating to plan contents) or
            the requirements established by policies adopted pursuant
            to subsection (a)(2).
            (4)  Following consultation with the regional committees,
        the Statewide committee shall approve and recommend to the
        secretary approval and adoption of regional plan components
        and the State water plan, subject to the following
        procedures:
                (i)  Within 90 days of submission of a regional plan,
            the secretary shall in writing either approve the
            regional plan or disapprove the regional plan if the
            secretary finds that the regional plan fails to meet any
            of the criteria set forth in paragraph (3)(i) through
            (iv).
                (ii)  Within 90 days of submission of the State water
            plan, the secretary shall in writing either approve the
            State water plan or disapprove the plan if the secretary
            finds that the State water plan fails to conform to the
            requirements of section 3112 or the policies adopted
            pursuant to subsection (a)(2).
                (iii)  Upon disapproval of a regional plan or State
            water plan, the secretary shall advise the Statewide
            committee and affected regional committee in writing of
            the reasons for such disapproval.
                (iv)  Upon receipt of any notice of disapproval, the
            Statewide committee, any affected regional committee and
            the department shall undertake expeditious and diligent
            efforts to confer and resolve the issues identified as
            the reasons for disapproval. Within 90 days of receipt of
            any disapproval notice, the Statewide committee shall
            recommend a revised plan which addresses and resolves the
            issues.
            (5)  Final adoption of each regional plan component and
        the State water plan shall occur only upon the approval and
        recommendation by the Statewide committee to the secretary
        for the approval and adoption of the State water plan and
        subsequent adoption by the secretary.
            (6)  Upon adoption of the State water plan, the
        department shall publish notice of the adoption or amendment
        of the State water plan in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and on
        the department's World Wide Web site.
        (d)  Periodic review.--The Statewide committee and the
     department shall, at least once every five years and after
     consultation with the regional committees, review the State
     water plan to determine whether it reflects the objectives,
     policies and purposes of this chapter. This determination,
     including recommendations for revisions to regional plans, shall
     be set forth in writing.
        (e)  Plan amendment.--The State water plan may be amended in
     accordance with the requirements of this section.

        Cross References.  Section 3115 is referred to in sections
     3102, 3112, 3114 of this title.