The Department of Natural Resources is set to decide today whether or not to test a new underground water storage system. The $4 million experiment in Baker County will be Georgia's first attempt at aquifer storage and recovery. Backers say the idea has been used successfully around the country for decades.
Georgia's environmental chief says he wants to continue talks with South Carolina over saltwater intrusion on the coast. A committee for years has been discussing ways to stop a saltwater plume that's contaminating wells near Savannah. But the committee hasn't met in months and South Carolina officials are calling more loudly for action.
South Carolina officials want a new agreement with Georgia to limit pumping from the aquifer that provides drinking water to coastal communities in both states. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton says if an agreement is not reached, the federal courts may have to decide the issue.