published Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Georgia water plan discussions begin


by Andy Johns
Audio clip

Dr. Becky Champion

PDF: Water Contingency Planning Task Force

Article: Drought worries return

Article: Georgia water plan discussions begin

Article: Chattanooga: Area back on drought map following dry February

Article: Chattanooga: Record rains bring down drought-stressed trees

Article: Tennessee: Rain pulls much of region from drought designation

Article:Drought outlook brightens

Article:Drought not going away

Article: Chattanooga: Recent rains bring downgraded drought ratings

Article:Tennessee: Wet winter may battle drought/

Article:Dade County: Water restrictions vary, drought continues

Article: Georgia may tighten water restrictions again

Drought outlook brightens

Atlanta: 3 southern resevoirs predicted to fall

Water authority begins planning

North Georgia water supply study

Article: Perdue backs border battle over water

Drought persists in Dalton

Dalton: Carpet industry works to save water

Moving the state line won’t move water, Kiwanians told

Nashville: Water plans to assist state not combat Georgia

Amendment No. 1 to SB3044

Article: Bredesen signs Georgia border resolution

Article: Berke warns of long fight with Georgia over water

PDF: House Joint Resolution 919

Video: Water issues discussed

Article: North Georgia officials dislike new water restrictions law

Article: Drought dries up TVA income

Article: Lawmakers hand Perdue border war

Article: Georgia abandons border commission, not boundary dispute

Article: Resolution rejecting Tennessee-Georgia boundary commission moves in Senate

PDF: PDF: House Joint Resolution 919

Article: High hurdles with latest water bid

Article: Old stances on border dispute differ from today

Article: Tennesseans won’t volunteer for Georgia citizenship

PDF: 1972 Georgia Resolutions

PDF: Tennessee Legislations on Border Issue

Article: State House rejects Georgia border proposal

Article: Georgia already owns land in Chattanooga

Article: Water sharing gives Tennessee, Georgia towns perspective on border war

Article: Georgia lawmaker tries to grab Tennessee constituents

Article: Georgia questions 1818 border approval

Article: Georgia House passes water bills

Article: Perdue thinks U.S. knows Georgia water needs

Article: Littlefield says Georgia officials should consider other solutions to water woes

Article: Drought not going away

Breaking News: Littlefield says Georgia officials should consider other solutions to water woes

Article: Top court may see border dispute

Article: Georgia not the peach in battles with neighbors

Article: Georgia border proposal could cost Hamilton $2.4 billion

Article: Atlanta smacked by wet kiss

Slideshow: Give Our Georgia Friends a Drink Day

Article: Resolution criticizing Georgia border flap flows

DOC: Polk resolution

Video: Water Delivery

Article: Atlanta smacked by wet kiss

Poll: Should Chattanooga and Tennessee share water from the Tennessee River with Atlanta?

Blog: Shafer: Take Chattanooga water delivery “for what it is”

Article: Georgia lawmakers, reporters greet Chattanooga representatives on water journey

Blog: Littlefield sees off Atlanta-bound delegation

Article: City representatives head to Atlanta

Article: Georgia officials say facts, law back their claim to river

Article: Georgia lawmaker addresses Tennessee leader on water war

Article: Beware of Chattanoogans bearing gifts

Article: Tennessee draws line on border dispute

Article: Water conservation on tap

PDF: Tapping the Tennesse River at Georgia's Northwest Cornern

Article: Atlanta may only need ‘big straw’

Article: Tennessee, Georgia governors to cross paths, with water fight brewing

Article: Tennesseans say Georgia all wet

Article: Georgia lawmakers approve border commission to correct state line

Article: Tapping water resources now and for future

Article: Water plan opponents vow to change, strengthen it

Article: Senate panel passes bill calling for border commissions

Article: Border war talk is borderline silly, policymakers say

Article: War of words over water

Article: Border dispute not first between Georgia and Tennessee

PDF: Border Resolution

Article: Georgia legislators stir border war talk

Article: Rain levels above normal for the year, but area still in drought

Article: Gov. Perdue signs water plan, eases pool restrictions

Article: Georgia lawmakers want Tennessee to share river

Article: Counties with water supplies seek restriction waivers

Article: Monteagle rest area shutdown has mixed impact

Article: Monteagle reservoir situation improves, but fears persist

Article: Drought impacts livestock

Article: Drought drains Allatoona

Article: Anglers away

Article: Water tug-of-war

Article: Ga., Ala., Fla. governors talk water sharing

Article: Mayors say water relief is coming

Article: Plumbers help Orme conserve water

Article: Following prayers, Georgia gets rain

Article: One of three water supplies to Monteagle to be cut

Article: Bradley-McMinn water plan can be example, officials say

Article: Monteagle gets special delivery of water

Article: Development, water shortages linked

Article: Monteagle seeks funds for water

Article: Drought boosts well drillers

Article: Rossville chooses to conserve water though using Tennessee River

Article: Bredesen opposes river transfers

Article: Georgia gets temporary water supply boost

Article: Perdue seeks water compromise with Florida, Alabama governors

Article: Utilities importing supplies as historic drought persists

Article: Searching for a water resource

Article: Chattanooga touts its 'liquid assets' to industries

Article: Wanted: Water

PDF: Testimony of Ken Givens, Commissioner

JASPER, Ga. — North Georgia water officials began the monumental task Friday of laying out Georgia’s first water plan.

Last year, Gov. Sonny Perdue created 10 regional water councils — including the Coosa-North Georgia Regional Water Council — to help draft the state’s first water plan with the goal of sharing and storing water effectively throughout the state. The governor and the state’s Environmental Protection Division hope they groups can come up with the plan by June 2011.

“I think there are a lot of people who want that to happen. I know I do,” said Walker County Coordinator David Ashburn, who was elected vice chairman of the council.

Friday marked the first meeting of the 30-member council, which includes representatives from most of the region’s 18 North Georgia counties from Polk to Habersham and four river basins including the Tennessee, Chattahoochee, Coosa and Savannah. The council includes representatives from Dade, Walker, Whitfield, Catoosa, Murray and Gordon counties.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do with the rest of our meetings,” said Dade County council member Doug Anderton, general manager of the county’s water authority.

The group on Friday received background information on the water systems of the area, outlined its bylaws and elected officers, choosing Mr. Ashburn as vice chairman and Rome, Ga., City Manager John Bennett as chairman.

“I think the drought’s actually forced us to look at our resources and look at these issues,” said Catoosa County resident and council member Keith Coffey.

In data about water usage, Whitfield and Floyd counties dominated most of the categories, including permitted wastewater flow, wastewater permits and water withdrawals. Several members from those counties attributed the numbers to industry, saying carpets in Dalton and various plants in Rome increased usage.

Dalton Utilities President Don Cope challenged a few of the water usage figures and joined a chorus of other council members calling for more data.

“We need a lot more information about what’s really going on,” he said.

One of the group’s strengths is its diversity, according to Dr. Becky Champion, assistant branch chief for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The group includes municipal leaders, utility managers, industry leaders, environmentalists and other parties with interests at stake.

“You have to have all of those people at the table because we all share those resources,” Dr. Champion said.

Jimmy Petty, a Murray County cattle farmer who sits on the council, said his biggest concern is ensuring farmers have water for irrigation. He said he hopes the group will consider adding new reservoirs to the river system.

Mr. Coffey, an environmental engineer with a carpet company in Dalton, said the stakes are high for the group.

“This being the first plan of its type, it’s important we get it right,” he said.

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.