When a public comment period closes June 5th on final plans to deepen Savannah's harbor, expect encouraging words from city officials. The city's water department previously raised concerns over the proposal's potential impact on the city's drinking water supply. But the US Army Corps of Engineers' final plan calls for building a 75 million gallon reservoir.
Three communities in Georgia will get nearly $3.5 million to upgrade their water infrastructure or study the feasibility of reservoirs. Officials at the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority said the funding will go to the town of Alto, the Sinclair Water Authority and Paulding County.
An outgoing member of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources board is taking aim at Governor Nathan Deal. Deal chose not to re-appoint Newnan insurance agent Warren Budd to another term on the board overseeing environmental protection. Budd says, insiders told him it's because he's in synch with environmental groups on some issues.
The Army Corps of Engineers has raised the drought level on three lakes on the Georgia-South Carolina state line. The Anderson Independent-Mail reported that corps officials have reduced water discharges from the three reservoirs on the Savannah River.
A private developer in northwest Georgia is shopping its reservoir project to communities. Local officials are greeting the proposal with caution.Georgia Reservoir Company wants to dam Calhoun Creek to create a lake in Lumpkin and Dawson counties that can provide up to 47 million gallons of water a day.
A private developer has pitched the Calhoun Creek reservoir in north Georgia to meet the future water needs of Forsyth County. The major pitching point has been around the water demand should a federal ruling stand and the state lose its rights to Lake Lanier.