Agricultural Water Issues Facing the Green Industry
Segars, William I.
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Water used by agriculture for crop and livestock production and the Green Industry accounts for approximately one-third of the state's consumptive usage. The profitable expansion of Georgia's largest industry depends on adequate water supplies. Because of previous legislative exemptions, the agricultural community has not been required to document total water consumption. Water management strategies for future use cannot be effective unless these data are available. Additionally, most agricultural operations have been exempted from certain water quality standards such as the Erosion and Sedimentation Control Act. This discussion will address the most recently legislative and regulatory actions that affect the agricultural community.