Georgia Adopts Rules Meant to Restrict Water Transfers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - Georgia's environmental regulators have adopted
rules requiring a broader review before allowing water to be taken
from one basin and sent to another.

Board members at the Department of Natural Resources voted
unanimously Wednesday to approve the rules, which will take effect
in about a month.

They require the director of the Environmental Protection
Division to take into account a variety of factors before allowing
water transfers. Those factors include the effect of taking water
from the donor basin during a dry year, the impact on water quality
and financial costs.

Supporters say the rules will help Georgia resolve long-running
water disputes with Alabama and Florida. A coalition of
environmental groups says the rules give state officials too much
discretion.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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