Developing Stream Corridor Protection Policies
Wenger, Seth J.
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Many local governments in Georgia are required to develop stream corridor protection ordinances to comply with the Georgia Planning Act, Mountain and River Corridor Protection Act, and other state laws. Some governments view this not as a burden but as an opportunity to develop comprehensive, scientifically-grounded stream corridor protection programs. We are working with local and state officials, scientists and others to provide information and materials to support local governments in their efforts. The project consists of three components: (1) developing scientifically and legally defensible guidelines for stream corridor width, extent and vegetation; (2) making policy recommendations to counties to implement these guidelines; and (3) analyzing potential problems with protecting stream corridors, such as landowner concerns regarding property rights.