A Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Draft Regional Water Plans

Georgia’s 2008 State Water Plan calls for on-going water planning that incorporates local and regional perspectives to ensure that the state’s water resources are sustainably managed.  Ten Regional Water Planning Councils established in 2009 completed initial Regional Water Plans in 2011, which were adopted by EPD in November 2011.  The State Water Plan calls for the Councils to review the Regional Water Plans every five years.  The Councils began a review and revision process in 2016 that culminated in draft updated Regional Water Plans.  The Councils considered updated water and wastewater demand forecasts and resource assessment analyses in their preparations of the draft updated Regional Water Plans.

The draft updated Regional Water Plans are available here:

Coastal Georgia
Coosa – North Georgia
Lower Flint – Ochlockonee
Middle Chattahoochee
Middle Ocmulgee
Savannah – Upper Ogeechee
Suwannee – Satilla
Upper Flint
Upper Oconee

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District has also released their draft Water Resource Management Plan for public comment through April 30, 2017.  More information about that plan is available here.

Updates to the Resource Assessment analyses were conducted and the updated reports will be posted here shortly (please check back for updates).

  • Surface Water Availability Resource Assessment Updates
  • Groundwater Availability Resource Assessment Updates
  • Surface Water Quality (Assimilative Capacity) Resource Assessment Updates

Please submit any comments you may have on the draft Regional Water Plans using the following fields:

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If you are submitting comments electronically, please use the fields and links above, so that we can properly capture your input. If you have any problems doing so, you may also email your comments to water.planning@dnr.ga.gov.  Written comments may be submitted via mail (postmarked no later than May 19, 2017) to Georgia EPD, Attn: Jennifer Welte, Watershed Protection Branch, 2 MLK, Jr. Dr. S.W., Suite 1152, Atlanta, GA 30334.

Questions or concerns?  Please contact Jennifer Welte at (404) 463-1694 or Jennifer.Welte@dnr.ga.gov