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Glades Reservoir: “No longer reasonable or even viable” …

February 15, 2016
Glades Reservoir: “No longer reasonable or even viable” …
Today is the deadline for submitting comments regarding Hall County’s proposed Glades Reservoir. The project has a long history.
Given the state of Georgia’s recent statements about the project, it’s hard to see how this project moves forward. Then again, if Hall County agrees with the state that Glades could function as a flow augmentation project, then the project would be teed-up to receive state direct investment and construction grants. And the project would be a card in Georgia’s ‘water wars’ hand.
At any rate, the project as currently proposed is a sinking ship because the Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division says so explicitly.
Here’s how Georgia River Network commented:
“Because everyone makes history, these comments contribute to a critical moment: this is the first major reservoir project in the state of Georgia to undergo a full environmental impact and assessment review. Reservoirs are major projects with significant impacts on communities and the environment. Georgia River Network advocates for the EIS process and asks the Corps to consider additional reviews for all major reservoir projects in Georgia because of their individual and cumulative impacts.
Regarding the Glades Reservoir proposal, we ask the Corps to deny Hall County’s Section 404 permit application in light of recent actions by the State of Georgia and because of outdated and flawed population and water demand data.
Project Need
The project plan has changed five times since 2007—from a small community amenity lake to a massive pump storage project specifically to serve Hall County. Most recently, in November, 2015, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) intimated that the Glades Reservoir proposal may yet again transform into a ‘multiple purpose‘ project of state significance, and thus serve a need beyond Hall County.
EPD has also declared, in official comments submitted regarding the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Water Control Manual (dated January 29, 2016): ‘given the revised 2050 needs projections…it is clear that Glades reservoir is no longer part of any strategy to meet the water supply needs of the State through 2050.’ EPD further stated, if Hall County’s ‘population projection through 2050 [had] not decreased as drastically as contained in the new Office of Planning and Budget’s projections, there may have remained some additional water supply need for Hall County from Glades Reservoir.’ But because of the population projection decline, ‘the State can say unequivocally that Glades no longer remains part of the region’s 2050 water supply strategy.’ Additionally, the state asserts: ‘as contemplated in the Glades DEIS’ and the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Water Control Manual DEIS, Glades ‘is no longer reasonable or even viable.’
Read full Water Wire blog written by Georgia River Network Policy Director,Chris Manganiello here:
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