Monday, May 4, 2009

Regional Water Council to meet.


REGIONAL WATER COUNCIL MEETINGS BEGIN SOON, ARE OPEN TO PUBLIC -- Regional Water Council Meetings across Georgia are set to begin in early May and will be open to the public. Each water council is made up of 25 individuals appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Georgia Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson. The councils also include three alternates and an ex-officio member from the Georgia House and Senate.
The appointments were announced Feb. 11. On March 13, an orientation for the appointees was held at the Georgia Aquarium where Gov. Perdue addressed them.
The councils will work together to oversee preparation of regional water plans as mandated by the Comprehensive Statewide Water Plan passed last year by the Georgia General Assembly. The water plans will focus on issues such as the quantity and quality of water, forecasts of future water supply and wastewater treatment needs.
Georgia Farm Bureau played an important part in the formation of the water councils. Of the 88 individuals nominated by GFB, 42 were appointed and five were named alternates.
Each meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The date and location for the regional council meetings are as follows:
Upper Flint - May 1, One Griffin Center Commissioner’s Meeting Room in Griffin.
Coastal Georgia - May 4, J.F. Gregory Park’s Stevens Wetlands Education Center in Richmond Hill.
Altamaha - May 5, Southeastern Technical College at the Vidalia Economic Development Center in Vidalia.
Lower Flint-Ochlockonee - May 6, Mitchell County EMC in Camilla.
Suwannee-Satilla - May 6, C.E. Weir Center in Douglas.
Savannah-Upper Ogeechee - May 7, Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Martinez.
Coosa-North Georgia - May 8, Appalachian Tech in Jasper.
Upper Oconee - May 8, Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s Rich Building in Eatonton.
Middle Chattahoochee - May 13, The Dogwood Room of the Mountain Creek Inn at Callaway Gardens.
Middle Ocmulgee - May 14, the Amerson Water Treatment Plant in Macon.
For more information visit www.gawaterplanning.org or contact the GFB Legislative Department.


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