The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has completed a plan to manage the water resources of the state’s coastal region. The “Coastal Georgia Water and Wastewater Permitting Plan for Managing Saltwater Intrusion” is based on the scientific findings of a seven-year study of groundwater use in the 24-county coastal area. The study is called the Sound Science Initiative and was done to address the concern that pumping of groundwater in the region is allowing salt water to seep into the Floridan aquifer, a principal source of drinking water.
These links lead to a copy of the new management plan, an earlier draft of the management plan and to presentations from public meetings that explain the findings of the Sound Science Initiative.
Coastal Permitting Plan Guidance Documents
Introduction - September 2007
What have we learned from the Sound Science Initiative by Nap Caldwell, EPD Senior Planning and Policy Advisor on Water (summary of presentation to the August 2-11, 2005 public meetings)
Georgia Coastal Sound Science Initiative 2005-What have we learned? by John S. Clarke, USGS, Georgia Water Science Center (PowerPoint presentation to the Coastal Georgia Sound Science Initiative Legislative Study Committee, May 2005)
Alternative Water Supplies in the 24-County Coastal Area of Georgia by Katherine Zitsch, CDM (Camp Dresser & McKee Inc.) (PowerPoint presentation to the August 2-11, 2005 public meetings)
Sound Science Initiative Bibliography
Coastal Georgia Water & Wastewater Permitting Plan for Managing Salt Water Intrusion by Sue Grunwald, EPD Planning & Policy Advisor (PowerPoint presentation to the 2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference)