SR 225 - Jt. Coastal Ground-Water Resources Study Comm. - create

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A resolution creating the Joint Coastal Ground-Water Resources Study Committee.

Gillis, Sr., Hugh M (20th) Hooks, George (14th) Bowen, Rooney L (13th)
Madden, Eddie M (47th)
Status Summary HC: SC: Rules LA: 01/12/98 S - Read 3rd Time (Sub)
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Senate Action House
2/21/97 Read 1st time
3/6/97 Favorably Reported
Sub Committee Amend/Sub
3/7/97 Read 2nd Time
1/12/98 Committed
1/12/98 Read 3rd Time

SR 225                                            LC 26 0348S 
                             A RESOLUTION 
  1- 1  Creating the Joint Coastal Ground-water Resources Study 
  1- 2  Committee; and for other purposes. 
  1- 3  WHEREAS, the Upper Floridan Aquifer is the primary source of 
  1- 4  water for coastal Georgia's drinking water, industrial 
  1- 5  process water, and irrigation water; and 
  1- 6  WHEREAS, continued long-term population growth and healthy 
  1- 7  economic development are highly dependent upon the long-term 
  1- 8  availability of a source of fresh water from the Upper 
  1- 9  Floridan Aquifer; and 
  1-10  WHEREAS, the Upper Floridan Aquifer is susceptible to 
  1-11  salt-water intrusion in several locations in coastal 
  1-12  Georgia; and 
  1-13  WHEREAS, population and economic growth are placing 
  1-14  increasing demands for additional pumpage on the aquifer, 
  1-15  thus potentially worsening the salt-water intrusion problem; 
  1-16  and 
  1-17  WHEREAS, resolving the salt-water intrusion issue and 
  1-18  protecting this valuable natural resource likely will 
  1-19  require comprehensive, adequately funded scientific 
  1-20  planning, public education, and feasibility studies to 
  1-21  provide the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia 
  1-22  Department of Natural Resources the information to resolve 
  1-23  these long-term water supply problems; and 
  1-24  WHEREAS, numerous private citizens, state and local 
  1-25  governments, educational institutions, businesses, farmers, 
  1-26  trade organizations, and environmental organizations have 
  1-27  requested that the Environmental Protection Division perform 
  1-28  such studies so that a factually sound strategy can be 
  1-29  developed to protect the aquifer from salt-water intrusion. 
  1-31  GEORGIA that there is created the Joint Coastal Ground-water 
  1-32  Study Committee to be composed of 28 members, consisting of 
  1-33  four members of the Senate to be appointed by the President 
  1-34  of the Senate, four members of the House of Representatives 
  1-35  to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of 
  1-36  Representatives, and, as ex-officio members, the Chairperson 
  2- 1  of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and the 
  2- 2  Chairperson of the House Committee on Natural Resources and 
  2- 3  the Environment who shall be co-chairpersons of the study 
  2- 4  committee. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of 
  2- 5  the House of Representatives shall also each appoint eight 
  2- 6  additional members from the following 16 organizations:  the 
  2- 7  Georgia Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the Chatham/Savannah 
  2- 8  Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Brunswick/Glynn County 
  2- 9  Water Authority, the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation, the 
  2-10  Association County Commissioners of Georgia, the Georgia 
  2-11  Municipal Association, the Georgia Rural Water Association, 
  2-12  the Georgia Agribusiness Council, the Georgia Forestry 
  2-13  Association, the Georgia Poultry Federation, and the five 
  2-14  largest permitted coastal Georgia users of the Upper 
  2-15  Floridan aquifer. All such members shall represent interests 
  2-16  served by the Upper Floridan Aquifer.  The Director of the 
  2-17  Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department 
  2-18  of Natural Resources shall serve in an ex-officio capacity 
  2-19  as a member of the committee, and the Deputy Commissioner 
  2-20  for Environmental Quality Control of the South Carolina 
  2-21  Department of Health and Environmental Quality Control, or 
  2-22  his or her designee, shall be invited to serve in an 
  2-23  ex-officio capacity as a member of the study committee. 
  2-24  Either chairperson may call meetings of the committee.  Such 
  2-25  appointment shall be made by April 15, 1997, with the first 
  2-26  meeting of the study committee to occur by May 15, 1997. 
  2-27  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the study committee shall 
  2-28  undertake a study of the needs, issues, and problems 
  2-29  mentioned above or related thereto and recommend any actions 
  2-30  or legislation that the study committee deems necessary or 
  2-31  appropriate.  These shall include, but are not necessarily 
  2-32  restricted to, generally defining the scientific tasks, with 
  2-33  associated costs, that should be performed; generally 
  2-34  defining the planning effort, with associated costs; 
  2-35  defining educational needs, with associated costs; and 
  2-36  generally defining mechanisms by which such studies, 
  2-37  planning, and education should be funded. The study 
  2-38  committee, if it deems appropriate, may consider 
  2-39  recommendations for lowering the threshold for permitting 
  2-40  and reporting ground-water use, creating a mechanism for 
  2-41  transferring of ground-water use permits, entering into 
  2-42  agreements with other states utilizing the Upper Floridan 
  2-43  Aquifer, and so forth. 
  2-44  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that there is created an Upper 
  2-45  Floridan Aquifer Technical Advisory Committee, consisting of 
  3- 1  members of the scientific community selected by the 
  3- 2  co-chairperson of the study committee to assist the 
  3- 3  committee and EPD in the development of recommendations on 
  3- 4  the methodology and scope of scientific studies necessary to 
  3- 5  provide sufficient data to develop a reasonable and rational 
  3- 6  ground-water management plan, including actions to retard 
  3- 7  the movement of saltwater toward Upper Floridan Aquifer 
  3- 8  supply wells. 
  3- 9  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the study committee may conduct 
  3-10  such meetings at such times and places as it may deem 
  3-11  necessary or convenient to enable it to exercise fully and 
  3-12  effectively its powers, perform its duties, and accomplish 
  3-13  the objectives and purposes for this resolution.  The 
  3-14  legislative members of the study committee shall receive the 
  3-15  allowances authorized for legislative members of interim 
  3-16  committees but shall receive the same for not more than five 
  3-17  days unless additional days are authorized.  The funds 
  3-18  necessary to carry out the provisions of this resolution 
  3-19  shall come from funds appropriated to the Senate and House 
  3-20  of Representatives.  No allowance shall be paid for other 
  3-21  members of the committee.  In the event the study committee 
  3-22  makes a report of its findings and recommendations, with 
  3-23  suggestions for proposed legislation, if any, such report 
  3-24  shall be made before December 1, 1997.  The study committee 
  3-25  shall stand abolished on December 1, 1997, however, the 
  3-26  Upper Floridan Aquifer Technical Advisory Committee may 
  3-27  continue if so recommended by the findings and report of the 
  3-28  study committee. 

Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98