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Legislative Update Number 2

January 27, 2017
Georgia Water Coalition Legislative Tracker
Legislative Update Number 2 (January 20, 2017)

The General Assembly continued work on the FY2018 Budget, and did not take up any legislation. The General Assembly has now convened for 4 days of the 40-day session, and legislators will return to regular business on Monday, January 23 (Day 5). A calendar for the first twelve days can be found here.
http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20172018/162638.pdf

The Georgia Water Coalition is working on a number of issues during the 2017 session, including:

Addressing Uncertainty Surrounding State Water Buffers
This year, the Coalition is continuing its intensive efforts to re-establish buffer protections on all state waters, after this vital water quality protection was limited by a 2015 Georgia Supreme Court decision. The Coalition is working with legislators on a simple, logical fix to ensure buffer protections on all state waters.

Ensuring Safe, Secure Disposal and Storage of Coal Ash Wastes

GWC also is working to address the huge volumes of coal ash waste stored at Georgia Power plants across the state. EPD has written new rules regulating the long-term storage of this waste stream at the power plants or local landfills. CRK and partners are dedicated to ensuring that this waste is disposed of in a way that keeps it out of nearby rivers and streams and from contaminating groundwater at properties around the sites.

Announcements

GWC has a new website!

The Coalition has launched its new website – www.gawater.org – in 2017! Please explore the site to learn more about GWC’s work and upcoming events.

Capitol Conservation Day

Please save the date for Capitol Conservation Day on Wednesday, February 15. Join the Georgia Water Coalition Leadership Team for a day at the Capitol meeting with YOUR legislators to talk about important water issues in Georgia.

A round trip bus from Savannah will be available to carry coastal residents interested in attending to the Capitol for the event. Bus registration is free and seating is limited – reserve your seat online!

GWC Contact: Kate McGregor Mosely, kate@gipl.org
Coastal Bus Contact: Kelly Patton, kelly@onehundredmiles.org

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