Georgia residents, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take a moment to contact your elected officials in the Georgia General Assembly about this CRITICAL issue: Protect Our Waterways from Harmful Water Grabs
These water diversions would be devastating, not only to our river ecosystems, but also potentially to our drinking water supplies. In particular, the withdrawal of an additional 200 MILLION GALLONS every day from wells in South Georgia is of particular concern, even if you have no interest in protecting our beautiful state’s environment. The aquifers in South Georgia are already strained to or beyond their sustainable capacity. The Floridan Aquifer, in particular, is already being overdrawn, leading to seawater being drawn into municipal water supplies along the coast from Hilton Head, SC to Jacksonville, FL. The Floridan and other aquifers, in their natural state, are recharged with fresh water by rainfall in certain inland areas of our coastal plain. The water is filtered as it seeps through the ground , and it flows into the ocean through vents in the seafloor. By withdrawing more water from the aquifer than it receives as rainfall from the recharge zones, we effectively cause it to operate in reverse, drawing seawater IN through the vents in the ocean floor. No drinkable water on our coast would mean no tourism. What would the seawater do if introduced into Metro Atlanta’s water supply? What would it do to Atlanta’s antiquated sewer system? Or to the Chattahoochee and those downstream who rely on it for THEIR drinking water?
There is no time to lose. The 2010 session of the General assembly begins on January 11, 2010. Find Your Legislator – Project Vote Smart