Statements from Governor Perdue, Lt. Governor Cagle and Speaker Richardson on Statewide Water Plan

January 8, 2008

Governor Sonny Perdue, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Speaker Glenn Richardson today released the following statements concerning the Water Council’s passage of the Statewide Water Plan: 

 “I applaud the Water Council for the passage of the Statewide Water Plan today, and the various external groups that provided input over the last three years of study.  This process has been one of the most inclusive and thoughtful that I’ve observed, with each stakeholder having a seat at the table,” said Governor Sonny Perdue.  “Water is a vital resource for all Georgians and this plan, which now goes to the General Assembly, gives Georgia a framework for sustaining and protecting water for generations to come.” 

“The Georgia Water Council’s approval of the Statewide Water Management Plan today is good news,” said Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle.  “The plan addresses the short term as well as the long term water needs of our state and strikes a balance between conservation and moving forward in providing future storage capacity.  It is important that we conserve while not tying the hands of business and economic development.” 

“I commend Carol Couch and the members of the Water Council for their more than three years of dedicated work to present a real solution to the legislature,” said Lieutenant Governor Cagle.  “Senators Bulloch and Tolleson and all the members of the council should be proud of their work.” 

"Water management and drought prevention are the most important issues facing our state today,” said Speaker Glenn Richardson.  “The Statewide Water Management Plan is critical to the future of Georgia and helps us take the necessary steps to plan for our continued growth and prosperity.  Thank you to all those involved in crafting this plan, specifically Chairman Lynn Smith and  Dr. Carol Couch, who have educated House members and kept us all well-informed as the process progressed.  I look forward to working together with my House colleagues as we review the plan.”