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).

The public comment period on the draft updated Regional Water Plans ended at the close of business on Friday, May 19, 2017.  Written comments will be considered that were postmarked by May 19 and mailed to the following address: Georgia EPD, Attn: Jennifer Welte, Watershed Protection Branch, 2 MLK, Jr. Dr. S.W., Suite 1152, Atlanta, GA 30334.  Thank you for your interest in the Regional Water Planning process.  The Regional Water Planning Councils will be meeting in June to finalize the updated Regional Water Plans for consideration and adoption by the EPD Director.

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