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THE “CLEAN WATER INITIATIVE” AND METRO ATLANTA'S NEW WATER PLANNING DISTRICT

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Abstract:

The Clean Water Initiative was a project convened by the metro Atlanta business community in April 2000. The objective was to develop a strategy for coordinated water resource management for the Atlanta region and the political momentum necessary to implement this strategy. A task force of diverse and influential leaders was assembled from state and local government, business, conservation groups and downstream areas.

At the conclusion of six months of public meetings, the task force recommended the creation of a “Metro Atlanta Water Planning District.” This District would encompass an area of over 4 million people and be charged with developing watershed protection, wastewater, water supply and conservation plans within two years. These recommendations and the District were enacted into law in the 2001 session of the Georgia state legislature. This project demonstrates that an effective strategy and process initiated by the business community can achieve major changes in regional environmental policy in a short period of time.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864701790902743

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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