January 18, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- The fractious Georgia Legislature can agree on
one thing: The state needs its first water management plan.
The House and Senate united today to approve the first outline
of how water should be managed. The vote comes early in a
legislative session defined so far by squabbling within the ruling
The proposal's swift move through the Legislature is evidence of
its importance to lawmakers in Georgia, which still suffers from a
severe drought despite recent rainfall. The drought forced state
leaders to restrict water usage, and prompted Governor Perdue to
hold a public prayer for rain.
Three years in the making, the water plan must be signed by
Perdue before it takes effect.
The plan calls for three years of assessments to measure
Georgia's water supply and demand. Perdue's proposed budget
includes 11 million dollars to pay for the tests. It also creates
regional water councils to draft water plans for each area.
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