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Chapter 2. Water Resources Policy in Georgia

2.5.1. Background -- Identifying the Issues


=== Timeline of Issues Identification ===


==== 1999 - ACCG/GMA Joint Task Force on Water Resource Policy ====
The Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) published their ACCG-GMA Joint Task Force on Water Resource Policy report, Georgia Water Resource Policy - A Call for Action] in December, 1999. The report listed four key needs to:Clearly state a comprehensive water management strategy,
Refine Georgia's water allocation policies,
Encourage multi-jurisdictional water management on a regional/watershed basis,
Coordinate water and land use planning and management.


==== 2001 - Georgia Board of Natural Resources ====
The Georgia Board of Natural Resources prepared the Water Issues White Paper(May, 2001) which provided a summary of current water law in Georgia and "identified fifteen specific water issues and solutions which are recommended for consideration by the Joint Study Comittee for inclusion in the Comprehensive Water Plan."Interbasin water transfers
Allocation of state water to private entities for resale
Improve allocation of water for agricultural use
Statewide water conservation
Interim instream flow protection strategy
Priorities for water use during drought
Privately owned public water systems
Assure a reliable and adequate water supply in growth areas with water supply reservoirs
Real-time water management
Water quality monitoring
Attain water quality standards
Assure wastewater capacity in growth areas
Develop and implement erosion and sedimentation control improvements
Public information and involvement
Improve old water and sewer infrastructure


==== 2002 - Joint Comprehensive Water Plan Study Committee ====
The Final Report of the Georgia Water/Joint Comprehensive Water Plan Study Committee of the Georgia General Assembly listed 42 water issues needing review and possible revision of policy.1. Wastewater Capacity in Growth Areas
2. Improvement of Old Water and Sewer Infrastructure
3. Attaining Water Quality Standards/TMDLs
4. Cost-Effective Stormwater Solutions
5. Septic Tank Installation and Maintenance
6. Protection and Management of Georgia’s Aquifer Recharge Areas
7. Source Water Assessment/Protection
8. Protection, Conservation and Restoration of Wetlands, Marshlands, and other Aquatic Ecosystems
9. Water as a Public Resource versus a Market Commodity
10. Allocating/Reallocating Water among Users
11. Allocation of State Water to Private Entities for Resale
12. Legal Status of Water Withdrawals, Permits and Transfers
13. Legal Status of the Water in Aquifers while in the Ground and Following Withdrawal
14. Interbasin Water Transfer and Basin-of-Origin Protection
15. Water for Agricultural Use
16. Statewide Water Conservation and Efficiency
17. Water Reuse
18. Consumptive Use Measurement and Reduction
19. Instream Flow Protection Standards and Strategy
20. Priorities for Water Use during Drought
21. Irrigation Efficiency and Research
22. Overdraft of the Floridan Aquifer/Salt Water Intrusion
23. Water Supply Reservoirs
24. Aquifer Storage and Recovery
25. Flood Mitigation, Floodplain Management, and Dam Safety
26. Lake Protection and Management
27. Development/Implementation of Erosion and Sedimentation Control Improvements
28. State and Substate/Regional Water Management Options
29. Privately Owned Public Water Systems
30. Interstate Water Issues
31. Real-Time Water Management
32. Water Management with Increased Variation in Weather Patterns
33. Interagency Coordination
34. Enforcement
35. Water Quality, Quantity, and Biotic Integrity Monitoring
36. Data Management Systems
37. Public Information and Involvement
38. Statewide Watershed Management and Assessment Information/Standards
39. Increase Funding and Personnel for Water Resources Administration, Including Monitoring
40. Availability and Use of Federal Funding for Water-Related Activities
41. Water for Energy Production Systems
42. Water Security


==== 2005 - Georgia Water Resources Conference ====
Five panels were scheduled for the 2005 Georgia Water Resources Conference, held April 25-27, 2005, to discuss issues related to the Georgia Comprehensive Statewide Water Resources Management Plan.Water Quantity Allocation
Instream Flow Protection
Ground Water Level Protection
Water Quality (TMDL) Allocation
Water Conservation/Efficiency/Reuse


==== 2005 - Georgia Water Council ====


=== Issues Identified, by Organization ===


==== Georgia Water Coalition ====