Water Planning

In 2004 the state of Georgia adopted a water planning system, and in 2008 adopted a water plan, with regional councils appointed in 2009 by the governor, lieutenant governor, and Speaker of the House. While I wonder why this organizational setup inserted a regional layer of government that is unaccountable to the people in the region, it’s good somebody is doing some water planning.
In the event “gaps” between available water and future (or current) demands are identified, the Council will determine which water and land use management practices should be employed to ensure there is sufficient water and assimilative capacity to meet future needs. EPD will use computer models to test the ability of the recommended practices to close any identified “gaps.”
If you remember Atlanta running out of water a few years ago and parts of the state legislature trying to rewrite history to get water from Tennessee, it would be good to have south Georgia’s aquifer water not being sucked up by Atlanta like Los Angeles absorbs water from hundreds of miles around.
After the Regional Plan is adopted, all EPD permits and Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) grants and loans for water projects will be guided by the Plan.
This would also be relevant to, for example, biomass projects.

The public comment period foor the plan has already expired. The next meeting of the council is this Thursday, September 2, at Okefenokee Technical College in Waycross. The agenda seems to indicate there’s still some room for input.

Here are the appointees for the Suwannee-Satilla Regional Water Planning Council:

NameCity County
Linda TannerPearsonAtkinson
Eugene DyalAlmaBacon
Michael E. EdgyWaynesvilleBrantley
Doyle WeltzbarkerQuitmanBrooks
Alva Joseph HopkinsFolkstonCharlton
Miles A. StoneFargoClinch
Carroll CoarseyBrookfieldTift
Donald H. McCallumWrayIrwin
Darvin EasonLenoxCook
Scott DowningFitzgeraldBen Hill
Joe LewisTiftonTift
Jim HedgesAshburnTurner
James R. WillisWaycrossWare
Hanson CarterNashvilleBerrien
Gordon RogersWaynesvilleBrantley
Grady ThompsonTiftonTift
R.R. Rusty McCallValdostaLowndes
William L. BrimTiftonTift
Dan RainesAshburnTurner
Earl BriceDouglasCoffee
Greg EvansDouglasCoffee
Jackie WilsonDouglasCoffee
Wesley LangdaleValdostaLowndes
Ben CopelandLakelandLanier
Scotty RainesSycamoreTurner
Alternate Frank SiskBlackshearPierce
Alternate Don JohnsonNichollsCoffee
Alternate Joseph BoyettWaycrossWare
Ex-Officio Rep. Jay Shaw
Ex-Officio Sen. Greg Goggins
That’s an interesting list.