Water Management Activities of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Krewer, Joseph A.
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The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) assists state agencies, regional development centers, and communities with growth, development, and quality of life issues. The DCA's Planning and Environmental Management Division (PEMD) specifically addresses environmental concerns through its coordinated planning, geographic information, and environmental management programs. Review of comprehensive land use plans and ordinances designed to protect water supply watersheds, groundwater recharge areas, wetlands, and protected rivers supports local government efforts to balance growth with environmental protection. Geographic information system (GIS) mapping and spatial analysis activities include the creation of a Regional Development Information System to support comprehensive planning, and the Division is funding and participating in several watershed protection projects. In addition, direct technical and financial support is provided for community and individual efforts to address environmental problems, including litter reduction, solid waste disposal, recycling, and water conservation and protection. The Division developed a Water Resources Toolkit to help Georgia's Keep America Beautiful affliliates increase public awareness of water issues and is the lead contact for "Earth's 911" Georgia web site. This paper describes some of the DCA's current and upcoming water-related environmental management activities and efforts to integrate land use planning, water protection and local involvement.