Water-related Legislation of the 1997-1998 Term of the Georgia General Assembly
Kundell, James E.
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A number of significant water-related bills were considered by the General Assembly during the 1997- 1998 legislative term. Major bills included ones relating to apportioning water between Georgia and its neighboring states, privatization of wastewater facilities, extending the area covered by the Metropolitan River Protection Act, and inclusion of Georgia in the federal Coastal Zone Management program. In addition, a legislative study committee (with a technical advisory committee) was created to make recommendations on funding research on salt water intrusion in the Upper Floridan Aquifer. One of the more controversial bills during the term would have eliminated vegetative buffer requirements along trout streams. Although this legislation did not pass, the issue has not been resolved. A legislative advisory committee has been appointed to see how the buffer issue may be addressed. In addition, the next term of the General Assembly will focus on regional alternatives to deal with urban sprawl/air quality issue but will likely include consideration of regional water management options as well.