Water-Related Legislation of the 1999-2000 Term of the Georgia General Assembly
Kundell, James E.
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A number of important water-related bills were considered by the General Assembly during this 1999-2000 legislateive term. Major bills included ones relating to the creating of the Governor's community green space program, addressing concerns with buffers along trout streams, and establishing drought mitigation measures for the Flint River Basin. Although not directly related to water, potentially the most significant environmentally-related bill during the term created the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority to address transportation and air quality problems relating to urban sprawl. The drought that started in Georgia in May 1998, the federal court order to address the maximum daily loads, and the attempts to resolve interstate water issues have focused attention on water concerns. Governor Barnes plans to concentrate more of his efforts on water issues during the 2001 legislative session.