Atlanta, GA (AP) - A bill that would pave the way for private-public
partnerships to build reservoirs in Georgia is drawing concern from some environmentalists who fear it could allow private developers to use Georgia's water crisis to turn a profit.
The legislation is up for a House vote Wednesday. It's designed to help finance improvements to the state's water supply by allowing developers to partner with local governments.
But some environmentalists say the bill would allow for lucrative developments along the shores of new water reservoirs and it could give local government officials the power to seize land through eminent domain, then convey the land to a private company.
The bill's sponsor, state Sen. Ross Tolleson, said it simply provides cash-strapped governments another financing option to move forward on pricey water infrastructure projects.
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