Moving water from one river basin to another could become a more common practice as the state looks for ways to meet its growing water needs. State regulators recently released guidelines for the inter-basin transfers.
An administrative law judge's decision could make it harder for power companies and other water users to transfer water across basin boundaries. Power company officials say, the difference is only procedural and amounts to a delay of just a matter of months.
A judge has rejected two water permits issued by Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division for a proposed coal fired power plant in Washington County. Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker says one permit didn’t follow correct guidelines for interbasin transfers--the act of moving water from one river basin to another.