Our Plan

The role of the Coosa-North Georgia Council is to prepare a regional plan (aka, Water Development and Conservation Plan), which will include resource assessments, estimates of current and future water needs, and those management practices necessary to meet the region’s needs within the capabilities of the resources.

Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) will provide the Coosa-North Georgia Council with the results of Water Resource Assessments that model how much water is available from the water resources on which the region relies. Assessments will also estimate the capacity of the surface water resources to assimulate pollution.

In addition to the Water Resource Assessments, the Council will also use 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-year water and wastewater demand forecasts for the region to 1) understand the likely changes the region will experience; and 2) identify any "gaps" that may exist between the capabilities of the resources as articulated by the Assessments and the future regional needs.

In the event "gaps" between available water and future (or current) demands are identified, the Council will determine which water and land use management practices should be employed to ensure there is sufficient water and assimilative capacity to meet future needs. EPD will use computer models to test the ability of the recommended practices to close any identified "gaps."

The Coosa-North Georgia water planning region borders other regions or shares surface or groundwater resources with other regions; therefore, the Coosa-North Georgia Council will communicate and coordinate with adjacent, upstream and/or downstream councils as well as EPD to ensure the appropriateness of the recommended management practices.

EPD and the Coosa-North Georgia Council will use an iterative process of recommendation and modeling, to arrive at a set of management practices to meet the Region’s future needs.

The Coosa-North Georgia Council submitted the Initial Recommended Regional Water Plan for the Coosa-North Georgia Region to EPD, which was available for public review and comment May - July 2011.(Click here for more information about the public review and comment process.) The Coosa-North Georgia Council considered comments made on the plan, and made the necessary and/or appropriate changes. The plan was re-submitted to EPD on September 30, 2011, and was officially adopted by the Director on November 15, 2011. Now that the Regional Plan is adopted, all EPD water permits and Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) grants and loans for water projects wil be guided by the Plan.

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