Nominations Needed To Georgia Regional Water Planning Councils

28 08 2008


Under the Georgia Comprehensive State-wide Water Management Plan, formal nominations for 28 seats (25 members and 3 alternates) on each of 10 regional Water Planning Councils are due by this Friday, August 29th.  Discussions with EPD indicate because of low submission rates to date, nominations beyond August 29th will continue to be accepted and considered.  There is significant need in the Upper Flint and Altamaha Water Planning regions.  Anyone can be nominated, and you can nominate yourself.

For your nomination to be considered, it must be submitted on the official nomination form. The nomination material is provided below:

Memorandum from EPD Director Carol Couch Adobe PDF Format

Official Nomination Form Adobe PDF Format

Final Delineation of Water Planning Regions Map Adobe PDF Format


How green is West Georgia?

28 08 2008

By Lakeisha McSweeney (TheWest Georgian)

Prospective college students have a new criterion to evaluate their school choices and find their best fit, thanks in part to the Princeton Review.

The new “Green Rating” developed in a collaborative effort with EcoAmerica, an environmental non-profit organization out of D.C., will highlight three areas, the environmental soundness of school policies; the quality of campus life as being both healthy and sustainable and how well environmental practices are being used by colleges to prepare well-rounded individuals in a 21st century “green” workforce and world.

This green rating will be featured in the 2009 editions of college guides being published, including the Complete Book of Colleges. The green rating will also appear on The Princeton Review’s website profiles at

UWG’s Office of the President’s official website lists this year’s enrollment at over 10,667 students.

Dr. Scott Lingrell, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management told The West Georgian that at the risk of sounding insensitive to environmental issues, these issues have not been a part of the traditional college decision and “I don’t foresee that they will be at the top of the typical student’s selection criteria anytime soon.”

“I believe that when students are selecting a college, they are looking at the quality of the academic programs, the social and cultural environment on campus and in the local community, and the quality and beauty of the facilities and ground,” said Dr. Lingrell, “they (applicants) are also very concerned about the cost of attendance and the amount of scholarships and financial aid that they will receive.”

In a press release sent to The West Georgian, Robert Franek, Vice President – Publisher at the Princeton Review said EcoAmerica assisted in making the rating comprehensive and annually updateable.

Read on here.

Atlanta Region to Spend Federal Funds on Diesels

28 08 2008

The Atlanta region is poised to spend $36 million of its federal transportation funds on diesel locomotives owned by private rail companies so they will pollute less.

The Atlanta Regional Commission on Wednesday approved the money. Final approval now rests with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, which is expected to vote on the matter Sep. 10.

State regulators said they had little choice but to request spending the money on the companies, because of the setup of federal laws and regulations. The law may punish the Atlanta region for poor air quality that some of the old locomotives help cause, but it exempts rail companies from state regulation.

So the state can’t force the companies to buy cleaner engines, and has to offer the incentive of money.

Sonny Deriso, chairman of the GRTA board, said at the board’s meeting last month that before state regulators explained the situation, “we couldn’t believe that we were going to be asked to do this.”

Deriso said Wednesday he didn’t know how the board would vote, but that regulators had made “a compelling case” for spending the money. “I think this is one of those very difficult issues,” he said.

Read on here.