Regional Water Planning Summary

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The State Water Plan ushered in a completely new era of comprehensive regional water planning for Georgia. Isolated regional water planning efforts aimed at addressing localized water challenges had been attempted in several regions in Georgia since the early 1970s, but not until the current directive from the Governor and Legislature has Georgia embarked upon statewide comprehensive regional water planning.   Through the development of regional water plans, the regional water councils will determine the preferred water management practices to meet each region's future water resources needs. The recommended regional water plans, which must be submitted to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in initial form by May 2, 2011 and final form by September 30, 2011, will identify a range of expected future water needs for each region.

Figure 1 illustrates the council-led products, information provided by EPD and joint EPD and council evaluation that are part of regional water planning.

Coosa - North Georgia Middle Chattahoochee Metro North Georgia Savannah - Upper Ogeechee Upper Flint Middle Ocmulgee Upper Oconee Lower Flint - Ochlockonee Suwannee - Satilla Altamaha Coastal Georgia