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Old 07-23-2009, 02:00 AM
 
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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Augusta is growing alot right now. This may hurt our future growth.

Last week's ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson concluded metro Atlanta's withdrawals from Lake Lanier to accommodate almost 4 million residents are illegal because the lake was built for hydropower, not to supply household water. Georgia officials long have contended there never will be an effort by metro Atlanta to tap the Savannah for drinking water, and on Wednesday, officials reiterated that stance.

"No. Interbasin transfers from the Savannah River into the 16-county metro-Atlanta area are not legal," said Georgia Environmental Protection Division spokesman Kevin Chambers. "We are focused on the reauthorization of Lake Lanier." Mr. Herring, however, pointed out that all it would take, under state law, is a simple change and a news release announcing the new policy.

Based on Friday's court ruling, restrictions on Lake Lanier could make the Savannah a much more attractive option, which could set a disturbing precedent that could affect Augusta and other users of the river, said Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver. "My primary concern is that, although interbasin transfers from the Savannah Basin to support growth in Atlanta are not currently part of the conversation with regards to the water planning process, this could quickly change in the future," he said.

One factor that could influence the issue is the 2012 redistricting process that will put more political representation in metro Atlanta because of population growth, Mr. Copenhaver said. "When this occurs, the precious water resources of our region, along with others throughout the state, could very well be at risk to the detriment of economic growth for years to come."
Savannah River Basin could be option for Atlanta 072309 - The Augusta Chronicle
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: South Augusta
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Wouldn't that sort of create a partnership with the 2 largest cities in the state, maybe like a i scratch your back you scratch mine type of thing though?
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:07 PM
 
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In what way would Atlanta scratch Augusta back?
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:08 PM
 
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Of course Augusta shouldn't let Atlanta steal our water but I do believe we could strike a deal, like pay for our water. Augusta could get so rich off that deal we could rebuild the whole city. lol
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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That just seems like a long way for Atlanta to get its water. That's 120+ miles. Atlanta needs to figure something else out before doing something that ridiculous.
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:27 PM
 
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Like pray for water right? It worked last time. When you need water, 120 mile doesn't seem that anymore.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:36 PM
 
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I would think Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee would be more reasonable sources for the Atlanta area's water. Remember we are talking about the entire Atlanta region here, that contains more than half of the state's total population.
There was a plan to construct several reservoirs around Atlanta about 10 years ago..but that was a plan under Gov Barnes' administration. Under Perdue, there was no progress on the resevoir plan, infact it seems like it was completely dropped.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:55 PM
 
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looks like it.
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
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Not an expert the water capacity on bodies of water, but I have seen the Savannah River in both Augusta and Savannah, and it's pretty big. And while I highly doubt that Atlanta tapping all the way into the Savannah River would even be plausible let alone feasible, I just cant see how a city a 10th of the size of metro Atlanta can be affected by Atlanta tapping into it. Augusta may very well be growing (I dont see why or how actually) but it would take forever and a day for the size of Augusta to be affected by Atlanta tapping into the water. Our grandchildren will all be dead and gone before this is ever even an issue, if that ever happens. I dont think Georgia will ever be like Texas where it will have more than one big city, I could see North Carolina getting like Texas but not GA
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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Not an expert the water capacity on bodies of water, but I have seen the Savannah River in both Augusta and Savannah, and it's pretty big. And while I highly doubt that Atlanta tapping all the way into the Savannah River would even be plausible let alone feasible, I just cant see how a city a 10th of the size of metro Atlanta can be affected by Atlanta tapping into it. Augusta may very well be growing (I dont see why or how actually) but it would take forever and a day for the size of Augusta to be affected by Atlanta tapping into the water. Our grandchildren will all be dead and gone before this is ever even an issue, if that ever happens. I dont think Georgia will ever be like Texas where it will have more than one big city, I could see North Carolina getting like Texas but not GA
This is true, with the Savannah river having three large resevoirs upriver, it would have very little impact on Augusta or Savannah.. There is plenty of water in that river.. enough to support a megametropolis. But it would seem like there are sources closer by to consider.
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