Panel Discussion: Formative Steps in Regional Water Management
Cowie, Gail M.
Blood, Elizabeth R.
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Over the past ten years, a number of regional water or watershed management efforts have been initiated in Georgia. The increasing number of regional initiatives demonstrates a growing need, or a growing recognition of the need, for management at a scale between local/community efforts and statewide programs implemented by state agencies. However, there is currently limited state support and no systematic effort to develop regional water management structures across Georgia. To date, regional water management efforts in the state have varied widely in their genesis, initial approach, development, and accomplishments. This session is designed to explore five representative regional management initiatives. The goals of the session are to illuminate common and distinctive features and to identify ways to support and enhance efforts to manage water resources and watersheds at the critical regional scale.