Wed., October 7, 2009 5:52pm (EDT)

Task Force Tackles Possible Water Loss for Atlanta
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has assembled a water contingency task force to plan for contingencies should a federal ruling on water stand.
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has assembled a water contingency task force to plan for contingencies should a federal ruling on water stand.
Gov. Sonny Perdue met with his water task force Wednesday to start thinking about contingencies, should Metro Atlanta loose drinking water access to Lake Lanier.

The meeting was not open to the public, but observers say the governor focused on what he calls the three C’s: conserving water, capturing it in new reservoirs and controlling policy that effect water supply.

The task force was formed because a federal judge gave Georgia three years to find a resolution to water sharing with Florida and Alabama or lose rights to Lake Lanier.

"What do we do if this ruling takes effect in three years?" asks Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley. "We all hope and believe that will not happen, but we can’t roll the dice," he says.

The task force will meet three more times privately and make recommendations to the Georgia General Assembly, which reconvenes in January.

Here is a list of members of the contingency task force:

- Brock, John, Coca-Cola Enterprises (co-chair)

- Lowe, Tim, Lowe Engineers (co-chair)

- Amos, Paul, AFLAC

- Anderson, Richard, Delta Air Lines

- Armstrong, Kerry, Duke Realty

- Bannister, Charles, Chair, Gwinnett County Commission

- Barella, Jose, Merial

- Bennett, John, Chair, Coosa-North Georgia Regional Water Council

- Black, Gary, Georgia Agribusiness Council

- Blake, Frank, The Home Depot

- Blanchard, Billy, Columbus Bank and Trust

- Boner, Rex, The Conservation Fund

- Cagle, Casey, Lt. Governor

- Carruth, Bill, Chair, Georgia Board of Natural Resources

- Chase, Donald G., Chair, Upper Flint Regional Water Council

- Clark, Chris, Commissioner, GA Department of Natural Resources

- Collier, Darin, Worthing SE

- Cornelius, Ken, Siemens

- Cross, Ron C., Chair, Savannah-Upper Ogeechee Regional Water Council

- Currey, Brad, Rock-Tenn Company

- Davis, Scott, UPS

- Dempsey, Lynn, Dempsey Auction Company

- Deriso, Sonny, Atlantic Capital Bank

- Dillard, Doug, Dillard & Galloway, LLC

- Dunlap, Kit, Chair, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District

- Eason, Darvin, Chair, Suwanee-Satilla Regional Water Council

- Eaves, John, Chair, Fulton County Commission

- Ellis, Burrell, CEO, DeKalb County

- Fischer, Christian, Georgia-Pacific

- Floyd, Bill, Mayor, City of Decatur

- Fox, John, Emory Healthcare

- Franklin, Shirley, Mayor, City of Atlanta

- Garrard, Gardiner, The Jordan Company

- Garrett, Mike, Georgia Power Company

- Gellerstedt, Larry, Cousins Properties

- Glover, Taylor, Turner Enterprises, Inc.

- Green, Steve, Stephen Green Properties, Inc.

- Harbin, Ben, Chair, House Appropriations

- Harris, Duane, Sea Georgia Adventures

- Hatcher, Bob, MidCountry Financial Corp.

- Hays, Richard, Alston & Bird

- Hill, Stephen, Solvay Pharmaceuticals

- Hodge, Al, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce

- Howard, Pierre, Georgia Conservancy

- Hughes, Dale, Cox Enterprises

- Hyland, Greg, Mueller Water Products

- Jackson, Bruce, Arnall Golden Gregory

- Johnston, Bob, MEAG Power

- Ketchum, Mark, Newell Rubbermaid

- Lakly, Shelly, The Nature Conservancy

- Lanier, L. Brinson, Chair, Altamaha Regional Water Council

- Lesser, Craig, The Pendleton Consulting Group

- Maltese, Joe, City of LaGrange

- Markwalter, Jack, Invesco

- McSpadden, Richard, Chair, Upper Oconee Regional Water Council

- Nash, Al, The Columns Group, Inc.

- Nuti, Bill, NCR Corporation

- Olens, Sam, Chair, Cobb County Commission

- Pate, William, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau

- Poitevint, Alec, Southeastern Materials, Inc.

- Price, Mike, Oglethorpe Power Corporation

- Rice, John, GE

- Richardson, Elmo A., Chair, Middle Ocmulgee Regional Water Council

- Royal, A. Richard, Chair, Lower Flint Regional Water Council

- Scheible, Dave, Graphic Packaging

- Sheldon, Donna, House Majority Caucus Vice-Chair

- Sitherwood, Suzanne, Atlanta Gas Light

- Smith, Gary, Strategic Value Properties

- Smith, Jack, Chair, Fayette County Commission

- Smith, Lynn, Chair, House Natural Resources & Environment

- Smith, Rick, Equifax Inc.

- Stack, Tim, Piedmont Healthcare

- Tankersley, Jan, Bulloch County Commissioner

- Tapp, Helen, Trust for Public Land

- Tarbutton, Charles, Sandersville Railroad Company

- Thomas, Mike, Clayton County Water Authority

- Thompson, Benjamin, Chair, Coastal Georgia Regional Water Council

- Tolleson, Ross, Chair, Senate Natural Resources & Environment

- Tuggle, Clyde, The Coca-Cola Company

- Weber, Dan Chair, Senate Education

- Wells, John, Interface Americas

- Wilheit, Philip, Wilheit Packaging

- Williams, Virgil, Williams Group International, Inc.

- Willis, Betty, Emory University

- Windom, Matt, Chair, Middle Chattahoochee Regional Water Council

- Wood, Jenner, SunTrust Bank

- Wood, Paul, Georgia EMC