Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Editorial from the Governor's Office By John Brock and Tim Lowe
Water is a finite resource. It is critical to our environment, our quality of life and our economic success.
The limited availability of water is why Georgia has been in negotiations with Alabama and Florida for nearly twenty years. And it was the impetus for the passage of a statewide water management plan last year.
While our state’s leaders have been rightly focused on addressing Georgia’s long-term water needs, a recent federal judge’s ruling has created the need for more immediate action. U. S. District Judge Paul Magnuson ruled that in July 2012, absent Congressional or other action, Lake Lanier will no longer be a viable source of water for the 3.5 million Georgians who depend on it today.
Should this ruling go into effect, we will be faced with a tremendous water shortage that could jeopardize our state’s future.
Governor Perdue has responded to this decision with a multi-pronged strategy that includes continued negotiations with Alabama and Florida, seeking Congressional assistance and a legal appeal. While he is hopeful that these strategies will be successful, the Governor has also created a Water Contingency Task Force to focus on the acute need created should the ruling stand.
This diverse, statewide task force, made up of more than 80 business, government and conservation leaders, began its work last month. Assisted by a technical team comprised of some of Georgia’s top engineers and water experts, it will spend the next few weeks researching, analyzing and ultimately prioritizing a list of recommendations for Governor Perdue and the General Assembly to consider.
Feasibility, cost and overall impact on Georgia’s environment and water supply will be critical factors, as will how various recommendations will work within the state’s current water plan.
At its first meeting last month, the task force established three areas of focus – enhancing current conservation efforts, increasing the state’s ability to capture rain and ground water, and reviewing current control and management policies.
Any and all options under these three categories will be examined between now and when the task force makes its final report. The public is invited to send recommendations to email@example.com for consideration as the task force works towards identifying possible solutions.
Given the 34 percent projected gap between permitted withdrawal and projected demand should the ruling go to into effect, it will likely take a broad combination of ideas to address this potentially acute need. Some may be relatively simple to implement, others may require more of a sacrifice.
We are confident, though, that this task force will be able to provide Governor Perdue, members of the General Assembly and the citizens of our state with the tools we need to meet our future water needs while protecting both our economy and our environment.
John Brock is Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises and Tim Lowe is President of Lowe Engineers