Sonny Perdue, environmentalists, and the water war

Last week, Gov. Sonny Perdue said he was planning to meet with Georgia’s environmental leaders to fill them in on the latest in the saga of the tri-state water wars.

Looks like the meeting will happen tomorrow. Invited groups include: Georgia Conservation Voters, Georgia Conservancy (led by former lieutenant governor Pierre Howard), Nature Conservancy, Upper Chattahoochee River Keepers (led by Sally Bethea), Georgia Wildlife Federation, the Georgia River Network, the Coosa River Basin Initiative, and Satilla River Keepers.

The governor held a similar — and well-attended — meeting last week with 2010 candidates for governor.

It’s an easy guess that environmental groups will be emphasize conservation as a quicker and cheaper way to make gains in water supply than new reservoirs. Lakes of any size would take years to build.

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August 24th, 2009
4:24 pm

Environemtanl groups aren’t the only ones who think that costly and time-consuming construction of new reservoirs should take a back seat to water conservation and efficiency efforts. Just look at Republican Senator Jeff Chapman’s recent press release “Fixing the leaks in Georgia’s water bucket: A common sense approach to water supply needs.” It can be found at

Park Lover

August 24th, 2009
8:17 pm

It is sad that environmentalism and conservation are considered dirty words among most of Georgia’s retrograde politicians. Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican, but a staunch conservationist also. But our Republican party in Georgia is mostly about growth at any cost and damn the consequences to our children and grandchildren. Their mantra is “economic development” until the entire state is wall-to-wall shopping centers, tacky subdivisions, fast food outlets, strip malls. condo towers, apartment complexes, multi lane highways, giant, gaudy and bizarre roadside advertising signs, etc., until GA is as ugly, bulldozed and ruined as most of Florida. Senator Chapman is a rare Georgia politician who seems to have the public welfare uppermost in mind, rather than simply entering politics to line his own pockets and those of his cronies. I would love to see him run for governor. It would be like a breath of fresh air!


August 25th, 2009
10:57 am

where is sherman when we really need him?


August 26th, 2009
9:52 am

Someone wrote in here “retrograde” to describe Georgia politicians I think he/she was being kind. These guys are “gorillas”, recalcitrant, abusive, greedy, mentally retarded, uncultured, ignorant, and so many other adjectives. I beg the actual gorillas’ pardon for using them to compare these lower forms of life.


August 26th, 2009
9:57 am

Any meeting between Sally Bethea and Perdue will have to be uncomfortable — for Perdue. He had Bethea booted from the DNR board. Having people on the board of the state natural resources department who don’t put development first is just too even-handed for Georgia.

And conservation? That’s a dirty word. To conservatives. Its almost like asking people to actually pay for public transportation and public water infrastructure. Everyone knows that private contractors do a much better job than the govt — example: KBR in Iraq. Especially when they are hired through a no-bid contract. Guaranteed savings.