Salty ocean water is intruding into the aquifer where much of the Savannah region gets its water. State environmental officials now are banning any new water withdrawal permits from the vast Floridan aquifer. A City of Savannah's water bureau official says the city will need to find new ways to offset water demands.
International Paper has announced the company will soon eliminate 75 positions at its mill in Augusta. The February eliminations are a result of the company shutting down one of three paperboard production lines at its plant in Augusta.
New federal water regulations could cost the City of Savannah $25 million. City officials say, they'll have to upgrade wastewater facilies when the Environmental Protection Agency finalizes rules on waste in the Savannah River. The city will pass on its costs to water users.