January 17, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia has never had a statewide water
management plan, and state lawmakers appear to be eager to make up
for lost time.
Just four days into the 2008 legislative session, committees in
both the House and Senate have approved a water plan that's been
three years in the making. And the full Legislature could consider
the proposal as early as tomorrow.
The plan's speedy progress through the plodding Legislature is
as good a signal as any that lawmakers are anxious to adopt some
sort of water plan -- even if a few acknowledge it might not be the
A Senate panel approved the plan Tuesday in a lengthy afternoon
meeting. Today, a House committee followed the Senate's lead,
voting to adopt the plan after a quick morning gathering.
Governor Perdue signed legislation calling for a water plan in
2004, and the final version comes at a pivotal time. Despite recent
rainfall, the state still faces a severe drought that has forced
officials to restrict water use through much of Georgia.