Water talks to be held on both sides of river

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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.


- 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.

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Riverman1 01/07/10 - 05:11 am
Maintaining adequate river

Maintaining adequate river flow the entire distance of the river is important. The Army Corps of Engineers is working to have sensors at various places along the river to give us a more accurate picture of water levels.

deekster 01/07/10 - 09:05 am
Why doesn't N. Augusta have

Why doesn't N. Augusta have water supply issues/restrictions? They are on the same river, right? I remember, they don't live in Disgusta. Better known as "Dysfunctional Disgusta Management". DDM is an untreatable fatal disease.

seenitB4 01/07/10 - 09:37 am
They have had years to get

They have had years to get this right,,,I just don't see them turning off the water flow for millions of people in Atl. Maybe our next Gov. will get the basins built... They talked about this years ago but did nothing.. I think land was bought & still didn't do anything..

gargoyle 01/07/10 - 11:11 am
Just a question .... Has

Just a question .... Has their been any agreement that trumps the Supreme Court's decision in the late 1800's concerning the Savannah River ?

Mudfish 01/07/10 - 11:08 pm
deekster, The water

deekster, The water restrictrictions we have here in Augusta are imposed on the city by the state. The city is bound by the state restrictions and has to abide by them. It does not matter whether the water used to water the ground is supplied by the local water system or by wells. We still have to abide by the "even or odd" restrictons or the more strict one if the state says to.

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