The following Guide to Information and Resources for Georgia Agricultural Employers and Workers provides a comprehensive list of resources for agricultural employers and workers in Georgia.
Recent Directives for Water Conservation
Georgia’s leaders have heard the powerful messages about the promise of water conservation and are calling for action. In an October 2003 (Executive Order ), Governor Sonny Perdue called all state agencies to develop water conservation plans for their facilities and operations.
The Georgia General Assembly passed the Comprehensive State-wide Water Management Planning Act in 2004, mandating EPD to create the first statewide water management plan. This act elaborates that, “Water resources are to be managed in a sustainable manner so that current and future generations have access to adequate supplies of quality water that support both human needs and natural systems” (O.C.G.A Section 12-5-522(b)(2)).
In 2001, the DNR Board adopted a series of policies, the Water Issues White Paper. This white paper included recommendations that the state, “Facilitate the integration of water conservation into all water resource planning initiatives…” (GA DNR 2001).
Furthermore, a statewide survey on water issues revealed that citizen respondents felt their number one constraint to saving water was the lack of state efforts to conserve and help them conserve.
Resources for Water Conservation Planning
Many entities at the state and local levels are actively pursuing water conservation initiatives. Sound scientific and economic advice exists to assist state and local governments, regional planners, and all water users conserve. EPD often refers to these experts in the field: