Crunch IWI Presentation : Linda MacGregor

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  • Setting goals for the project was one of our first steps to help guide our focus. (discuss slide)
  • Numerical computer models will be used in the Coastal Plain aquifers where most groundwater is withdrawn, the groundwater withdrawals have caused some unacceptable impacts, and forecasts suggest there will be increases in future withdrawals. The model that will be used is MODFLOW and the aquifers that will be modeled are the Upper Floridian aquifer in Tift County area, the Cretaceous aquifer between Macon and Augusta, the Claiborne aquifer in southwestern Georgia, and the Upper Floridian aquifer in eastern Coastal Plain. Water balance models in the north Georgia for the crystalline and Paleozoic rock aquifers where less groundwater is withdrawn.
  • Crunch IWI Presentation : Linda MacGregor

    1. 1. Regional Water Planning Crunch: The 2010 Interstate Water Issues Conference Greenville, South Carolina September 23, 2010
    2. 2. Today’s Agenda Today in Georgia State Water Plan  Regional Water Planning
    3. 3. Today in Georgia <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget shortfalls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Priorities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strive for 100% compliance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Address wet weather issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support regional water planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce permit processing time </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. State Water Plan <ul><li>“ Georgia manages water resources in a sustainable manner to support the state’s economy , to protect public health and natural systems , and to enhance the quality of life for all citizens.” </li></ul>
    5. 5. Regional Council Activities <ul><li>2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statewide Joint Kick-off Meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each Council met at least 4 times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizing, visioning and forecasting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Assessments & Practices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each Council met 3-4 times, formed sub-committees to address specifics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 Joint meetings for release of Assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select, refine, and finalize management practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint meeting on October 6 to discuss shared resources and management practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drafting recommended Plans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public comment, Plan revision, Plan adoption </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Likely Council Recommendations <ul><li>Additional Water Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Structural solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Water conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Ordinances </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Additional data gathering and analytical work </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul>
    7. 7. What can I do ??? <ul><li>Participate in Water Council Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on draft materials </li></ul><ul><li>Stay involved </li></ul>www.georgiawaterplanning.org
    8. 8. www.georgiawaterplanning.org

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