A statewide water plan is set to be presented to the Georgia Water Council this week:
Those watching the process do expect a few things from the plan.
For one, they expect there to be new policies addressing “interbasin transfers,” a term for moving water from one river basin in the state to another. Those transfers are allowed between regions of the state outside of Atlanta and within the metro Atlanta area, but state law forbids exchanges between the metro area and the rest of the state.
“I think you’ll see something in the plan that pushes away from interbasin transfers,” said state Sen. Ross Tolleson, R-Perry, who chairs the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee and has seat on the water council.
Some also would like the state to adopt policies discouraging local governments from building reservoirs. Environmental groups in particular say reservoirs keep water away from areas downstream and can alter the ecological balance in an area.
Restrictions on interbasin transfers and reservoirs, Ingle said, would help the state to stop focusing on simply trying to get water to wherever the population is growing – largely metro Atlanta.
“Instead, where there’s water, that’s where the growth should go to,” she said.
As usual, some radical environmentalists want to make life miserable for the rest of us. Clearly we need more reservoirs. The average annual rainfall in Georgia is 50 inches. If there were several additional strategically placed reservoirs throughout Georgia, many of our water problems could be solved.