Coastal Water Study

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.

Download this pdf file.Coastal Sound Science Initiative Modeling of Salt Water Intrusion: Conclusions About Salt Water Intrusion Into The Upper Floridan Aquifer in Coastal Georgia and South Carolina

Download this pdf file.Saltwater Contamination in the Savannah-Hilton Head Island Area, Coastal Sound Science Initiative

Download this pdf file.Coastal Georgia Water and Wastewater Permitting Plan for Managing Saltwater Intrusion

Coastal Permitting Plan Guidance Documents

Download this pdf file.Introduction - September 2007

Download this pdf file.Method for Determining Future Water Demand Needs for Public/Private Water Systems - August 2007   

Download this xls file.Historic Water Usage For Large Public/Private Systems

Download this xls file.Projected Future Usage For Large Water Providers

Download this xls file.Water Usage for Small Systems

Download this doc file.Method for Determining Future Water Demand Needs for Industrial Systems

Download this doc file.Method for Determining Future Water Demand Needs for Golf Course Systems  

Download this pdf file.Alternate Water Sources

Download this pdf file.Reuse Feasibility Analysis  

Download this pdf file.Adoption and Implementation of Outdoor Water Schedules  

Download this pdf file.Conservation-Oriented Rate Structures  

Download this pdf file.Conservation Education  

Download this pdf file.Water Loss Control

Download this pdf file.Water Leak Detection and Repair

Download this pdf file.Water Meter Calibration, Repair, and Replacement

Download this pdf file.Water Audits  

Download this pdf file.Draft Coastal Georgia Water and Wastewater Permitting Plan for Managing Saltwater Intrusion  

Download this pdf file.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) 

Download this pdf file.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) 

Download this pdf file.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) 

Technical Advisory Committee

Sound Science Initiative Bibliography

Download this pdf file.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)