Good News! SB 299 will be amended to protect streams through effective watershed protection planning. Thank you, Sen. Steve Gooch, for agreeing to amend SB 299 | Watershed Protection Planning and responding to our requests. We previously reported on SB 299 in Don't Muck Up My Trout Stream. Be sure to thank Sen. Gooch through a Camo Coalition Action Alert.
Winding its way through the Senate, SB 299 is being modified to protect streams and fisheries and respect the rights property owners and downstream citizens through effective, science based watershed protection planning.
Responding to your calls and emails, Sen. Steve Gooch first amended SB 299 in the Senate Natural Resources Committee striking language about lowering water quality so long as it could be brought back to drinking water standards somewhere downstream. But, two issues remained: 1) making it optional instead of mandatory for watershed protection planners to take into account buffer areas, land development densities and land use activities; and 2) removing a provision that submitted watershed protection plans shall be approved by GA EPD.
Sen. Gooch has agreed to offer a floor amendment when SB 299 comes up for a floor vote that makes it mandatory for watershed protection planners to take into account buffer areas, land development densities and land use activities; and requires watershed protection plans be approved by GA EPD. With these changes, we are happy to support the bill.
Kevin F. McGrath
Advocacy Chairman. Georgia Trout Unlimited
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