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Maryland Manual, 1965-66
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The Department
Director: Paul W. McKee
State Office Building, Annapolis 21404 Telephone: 268-3371
The Department of Water Resources was created by Chapter 73,
Acts of 1964, upon the recommendation of the State Planning Depart-
ment and on the basis of recommendations made in 1961 as a result
of a study of the future administration of Maryland water resource
activities. The water pollution control functions of the predecessor
agency, the Water Pollution Control Commission, originally created
by Chapter 697, Acts of 1947, were transferred in their entirety and
without substantial change to the new Department. The Department
also took over certain powers and duties previously exercised by the
Department of Geology, Mines and "Water Resources (which itself was
reorganized and renamed Maryland Geological Survey). The Depart-
ment replaces the abolished Water Pollution Control Commission as a
member department of the Board of Natural Resources.
Also created at the same time was the Water Resources Commission
which consists of five members, all of whom are appointed by the
Governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Chair-
man has an indefinite term. He is designated by and serves at the
pleasure of the Governor. Initially, Commission members were ap-
pointed to staggered terms of I to 4 years; subsequent appointments
will be for terms of four years each.
The Department is responsible for supervising and planning the
multiple purpose development of the waters of Maryland, including
the making of surveys, maps, and investigation of the water resources.
A joint study with the Departments of Game and Inland Fish and
Chesapeake Bay Affairs, to define boundaries of tidal and nontidal
waters, is specifically authorized. In addition, the Department has
assigned functions in the appropriation of waters (both surface and
ground); the construction of reservoirs, dams and waterway obstruc-
tions; the abatement of water pollution; the drilling of wells and the
licensing of well drillers; and the development of a long range flood
control program.
The Commission is responsible for the promulgation of rules and
regulations, and acts in an advisory capacity to the Director (Code
1957, 1965 Supp„ Art. 96A).
Appropriations 1965 1966
General and Special Funds...... $342,392 $363,223
Staff: 24.
Chairman: Gordon M. Cairns
Ex officio members: T. B. Symons, State Board of Agriculture;
Irvin G. Haut, Director, Agricultural Experiment Station;
Edward W. Aiton, Director, Agricultural Extension Service;
Spencer P. Ellis, Director, Department of Forests and Parks;
George B. Shields, Director, Department of Game and Inland
Fish; Edward R. Keil, State Conservationist, U. S. Soil Conser-
vation Service.
Appointed members: T. Walter Denny, 1966; Wilbert R. Paul, 1966.
William J. Horvath, Executive Secretary
College Park
(Prince George's County) 20740 Telephone: Warfield 7-3800

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