Water talks to be held on both sides of river

Georgia and South Carolina will hold meetings on both sides of the river this month to discuss water issues -- including some potentially controversial ones.

On the Georgia side, the Joint Regional Water Planning Council will meet Jan. 19 in Augusta. South Carolina's newly formed Savannah River Basin Regional Water Resource Forum meeting will be Jan. 21 in North Augusta.

The South Carolina meeting's purpose is to allow stakeholders throughout the Savannah River Basin to offer their input on water quality and water supply issues.

The Georgia group is also involved in issues such as water supply for municipalities and the eventual implementation of the statewide Comprehensive Water Management Plan.

The Savannah River and the issue of interbasin transfers have come up often in discussions of how metro Atlanta provides drinking water.

IF YOU GO

- Georgia's Joint Regional Water Planning Council: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19, the Boathouse, 101 Riverfront Drive. Contact Jeff Larson, assistant chief of Georgia Environmental Protection Division's Watershed Protection Branch, (404) 675-1664 or e-mail jeff.larson@dnr.state.ga.us.

- South Carolina's Savannah River Basin Regional Water Resource Forum: 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 21, North Augusta Municipal Center, Palmetto Terrace Ballroom. Contact Rebecca Spratlin, S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control Water Planning Division, (803) 898-4355, or e-mail to spratlrh@dhec.sc.gov.