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GEORGIA'S WATER FUTURE Update
Stormwater Management through responsible Erosion and Sediment Control Certification is only part of Georgia's effort to demonstrate responsible water stewardship. When Georgians look back at the early part of the 21st century, they may well see 2008, 2009 and 2010 as the turning point when we quit taking Lanier for granted and began taking water conservation and planning seriously.
Georgians outside of Atlanta who are concerned about water use in the future should be paying special attention to their local water councils - their decisions are likely to have a dramatic impact on existing uses and future permit decisions.
|EPD Investigates Dekalb County
Is Dekalb Improperly Allowing Developers to Violate Water Protection Rules?
It's important to stay on top of our governments activities. Whether an enforcement action or proposed actions that will change environmental laws.
State Investigators will look to see if Dekalb County is following local and state erosion laws, according to the Watershed Protection Division of the EPD. They will inspect several DeKalb properties, along with record-keeping procedures, development plans, the number of county inspectors and the quality of the county's development staff.MORE
The state will look at how well DeKalb is administrating their erosion and sediment control program as a Local Issuing Authority (see page 7 of the 2009 Model Ordinance). The maximum punishment could be decertification, which would mean DeKalb could no longer issue permits.
REMEMBER THE FLOOD
"Historic Flooding in Northern Georgia, September 16-22, 2009
The USGS has released a new fact sheet summarizing the epic floods of 2009 in the Atlanta metropolitan area. This product provides the peak water levels (stages) and magnitudes of the flood waters that were recorded at selected USGS streamgages across the region, which in many cases were the highest ever recorded. The result of this flood was the loss of 11 lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to homes, businesses, and public infrastructure.