Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
January 9, 2007
Albany -- It's Georgia's most precious resource, but creating a plan to manage it has taken three years.
"It touches essentially every economic sector of our economy," says State Rep. Winfred Dukes, D-Albany.
Dukes will be one of the deciding voices when state legislators make the final approval on the water management plan this year. But coming to an agreement may not be that simple.
He said, "I would hope it would be a plan that at least the legislature would be able to amend, change, add to or delete things that we don't feel is in the best interest of Georgians."
The Georgia Water Council's final revised plan serves as a guide for how the state divides its water from rivers, lakes and streams. This - in a state where much of its growing population is in Metro-Atlanta - politicians will have to device their own or keep the current plan which effects every aspect of consumption, from drinking water to farm irrigation. And in Georgia, agriculture accounts for more almost 70% of water usage.
"We have a really strong interest in our part of the state to make sure that we protect our agriculture interests because agribusiness is the number one business in the state. Not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it drives the economy of our state," says Dukes.
As the statewide water management plan enters its next stage, it will likely become immersed in gold dome politics. But you can expect that to be more regional than partisan.
"It is definitely going to be regional. This will probably be one of the most non-partisan fights or non-partisan issues that we will address in the General Assembly," said Dukes.
Now that the fight for how the state will use its water has taken center stage. turf war politics are sure to brew in Atlanta in the continuous battle over how we use our water.