Ground Water Committee

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Ground Water Committee is a bi-county committee formed in 1990 by Accomack and Northampton Counties to study and plan for ground water protection. The 11-member committee meets monthly and includes elected officials, citizens, and local government staff. The Planning District Commission staffs the committee and a consulting hydrogeologist advises the committee, prepares technical reports, and coordinates with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the United States Geological Survey.

Chairman Paul Muhly

Vice Chairman vacant

Committee Members Elaine Meil, Eugene Hampton, Grayson Chesser, Jim Belote, John Coker, John Salm, Daniel Hershey, Robert Meyers, Charles Kolakowski, Mike Mason

Our Mandate
The committee’s mandate is to “assist local governments and residents of the Eastern Shore in understanding, protecting and managing ground water resources, to maintain a ground water resources protection and management plan, to serve as an educational and informational resource to local governments and residents of the Eastern Shore, and to initiate special studies concerning the protection and management of the Eastern Shore ground water resource.


The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 10:00am until noon in the A-NPDC Conference Room of the Enterprise Building in Accomac. The Committee does not meet in the month of July or December. The meetings are open to the public, all are welcome.

Next meeting packet available here: January 2018 Packet