The process for developing the initial edition of Georgia’s comprehensive statewide water management plan
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The 2004 Comprehensive Water Management Planning Act charged the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) with developing a Comprehensive Statewide Water Management Plan for Georgia under the guidance of an array of principles spelled out in the Act. The Plan, the first edition of which is to be completed by EPD by July of 2007, is to recommend State level water policies that would guide river basin and aquifer management in accordance with regional and local aspirations not inconsistent with State water management goals. While a set of guiding principles and a time frame for developing the Plan were well-defined within the Act, it was left to EPD and the Water Council - a body created by the Act - to conceive and execute a stakeholder driven process that would culminate in the first edition of the Plan being presented to the Georgia Legislature for adoption during the 2008 legislative session. Products previously generated by the 2001 Joint Comprehensive Water Plan Study Committee and others will be used by EPD and the Water Council to inform the planning process. Collection and evaluation of input from several formally constituted stakeholders groups will also be an essential part of the planning process.