Water Supply Planning and Coordination in the Atlanta Region

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Stevens, Patricia A.
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The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and development agency for the seven-county Atlanta Region. The area encompasses Clayton, Cobb; DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties. The Region currently has a population of 23 million people and is expected to have 3.7 million people by the year 2010. ARC's dual mission is (1) to provide a forum for the Region's leaders to discuss issues of common concern and plan for coordinated solutions, and (2) to develop comprehensive plans to guide future growth. Water supply is one of ARC's functional areas. In March, 1988 the ARC Board adopted an updated Regional Water Supply Plan to reflect new long-range forecasts for population and employment. This plan serves as a guide for the allocation of raw water supplies in the Atlanta Region. This paper describes the main elements of the ARC Water Supply Plan. This presentation will also briefly discuss ARC's role as a forum for discussing water restrictions during the 1988 drought.
Sponsored by U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, and Georgia Institute of Technology.
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