Sound science studies in coastal Georgia and comprehensive statewide water management planning
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Since 1997 Georgia has been executing a program of scientific investigations in counties along the coast. The purpose of the program is quite focused; it is to generate data and information on which to base effective strategies for halting saltwater intrusion in the coastal area. Most of the investigations and associated tasks have been completed, and a set of management strategies is expected to be finalized by the end of 2005. Like the tasks associated with the program of scientific investigations, the set of management strategies will focus on halting saltwater intrusion. Since the passage of the 2004 Comprehensive Statewide Water Management Planning Act, there has been a fair amount of discussion of the need to develop a series of comprehensive regional water management strategies. The character of these latter regional comprehensive management strategies is yet to be defined the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the Water Council. They are nevertheless sometimes confused with the kind of regional product that is expected to emanate from the current investigations along the coast. While they are separate and distinct products, it is clear that the program of scientific investigations will products results that will be transferable to the more comprehensive regional water planning for the coast.