Water Management for the Future—State Perspective

by Thomas C. Burdette, Jr., Georgia Dep of Natural Resources, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: National Water Conference


The State of Georgia-Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has managed the quality of the waters of Georgia since the early 1970's. Today, the main focus of water issues in the State is toward proper management of both quantity and quality for continued growth into the future and protection of the water resource base. Expecting continued population growth and the need for additional water supplies, Georgia is rapidly seeking solutions to its current and future water shortage problems. EPD has completed the data collection and analysis of a State Water Budget. This budget determines the reliable water supply available at specific sites throughout the State using Water Availability and Use Reports for each of the State's fourteen major river basins. These reports developed for the first time a comprehensive inventory of the State's water resources and uses made of those water resources, both from surface and ground waters.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water shortage | Water management | Quality control | Developing countries | Budgets | Water quality | Resource management | Georgia | United States

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