NEMO - A National Outreach Program to Educate Municipal Officials about the Relationships Between Water Quality and Land Use
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Georgia joined the National Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials or NEMO national network in October 2000 through joint efforts by the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service (MAREX), the Georgia Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the national NEMO coordinators at the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension Service. Initial program efforts will concentrate in two diverse areas of the state, coastal Glynn County, and the planned Atlanta suburban community, Peachtree City, in Fayette County. NEMO pilot programs will facilitate expanding the program to other communities. The program will compile historical coastal Georgia water quality data, place it in a Geographic Information System (GIS) format, and transfer the information through outreach efforts to decision makers and stakeholders impacting coastal water quality. NEMO outlines a three-tiered strategy of comprehensive planning, site design, and the use of storm water best management practices that communities can adopt to address land use and cope with nonpoint source pollution.