Tom Frederick, Executive Director, RWSA

For Immediate Release

Executive Director of Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Invited to Serve on Statewide Groundwater Management Committee

Charlottesville, VA—June 22, 2015.  Tom Frederick, Executive Director of Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, has been invited to serve on the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee, which was established through legislation adopted this year by the General Assembly. Tom Frederick has been the executive director for RSWA for over eleven years and was chosen to serve on this committee for his expertise in the field of water resource management.

The state legislature has charged this Committee with assisting the State Water Commission and the Department of Environmental Quality in developing, revising, and implementing a management strategy for groundwater in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area.

“Groundwater management in eastern Virginia is proving to be the most challenging of all water supply issues in the state, so I am very honored to be selected among my peers in Virginia for this important Committee,” Mr. Frederick states. “Water is a limited resource and must be managed with great skill to balance the needs of people and the environment.”

“I have known and worked with Tom for many years,” said former Virginia secretary of natural resources L. Preston Bryant, Jr., who is now with McGuireWoods Consulting. “Not only is the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority considered among the best managed water wholesalers in Virginia, but Tom is deeply experienced in water supply and demand issues and policies, and he’s highly regarded among his peers around Virginia. I don’t think DEQ could have appointed a more qualified person for this important regulatory advisory committee.”

The Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee will provide stakeholder assistance to the Department of Environmental Quality for future groundwater supply withdrawals in the coast plain of Virginia. According to David Paylor, Director of the DEQ, the committee could lay the groundwork for some creative solutions in managing the water supply for the future.   

The Committee will use a collaborative problem solving process to address the issues set out in the legislation and to identify long-term solutions for the Commonwealth as a whole.  The committee will report the results of its examination and related recommendations to the State Water Commission no later than August 1, 2017.

For further information or interviews call Teri Kent, Communications Manager, at 434.977.2970 ext. 101 or Thomas L. Frederick, Executive Director, 434.977.2970 ext. 103


Ms. Teri Kent
Communications Manager
Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority
(434) 977-2970 Ext. 101