The Sound Science Initiative

A Scientific Study Of Groundwater Use In Coastal Georgia

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has completed a plan to manage the water resources of the state’s coastal region. The “Coastal Georgia Water and Wastewater Permitting Plan for Managing Saltwater Intrusion” is based on the scientific findings of a seven-year study of groundwater use in the 24-county coastal area. The study is called the Sound Science Initiative and was done to address the concern that pumping of groundwater in the region is allowing salt water to seep into the Floridan aquifer, a principal source of drinking water.

These links lead to a copy of the new management plan, an earlier draft of the management plan and to presentations from public meetings that explain the findings of the Sound Science Initiative.

Coastal Sound Science Initiative Modeling of Salt Water Intrusion: Conclusions About Salt Water Intrusion Into The Upper Floridan Aquifer in Coastal Georgia and South Carolina, May 2010

Saltwater Contamination in the Savannah-Hilton Head Island Area, Coastal Sound Science Initiative by U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Water Science Center (presentation to the Savannah River Committee Meeting, September 22, 2006 - Note: Slide No.26 revised October 6, 2006) Adobe PDF Format

Coastal Georgia Water and Wastewater Permitting Plan for Managing Saltwater Intrusion - June 2006 Adobe PDF Format

Coastal Permitting Plan Guidance Documents

Introduction - September 2007 Adobe PDF Format

Method for Determining Future Water Demand Needs for Public/Private Water Systems - August 2007 Adobe PDF Format

Historic Water Usage For Large Public/Private Systems (XLS)

Projected Future Usage For Large Water Providers (XLS)

Water Usage for Small Systems (XLS)

Method for Determining Future Water Demand Needs for Industrial Systems (Word DOC)

Method for Determining Future Water Demand Needs for Golf Course Systems (Word DOC)

Alternate Water SourcesAdobe PDF Format

Reuse Feasibility AnalysisAdobe PDF Format

Adoption and Implementation of Outdoor Water SchedulesAdobe PDF Format

Conservation-Oriented Rate StructuresAdobe PDF Format

Conservation Education Adobe PDF Format

Water Loss ControlAdobe PDF Format

Water Leak Detection and RepairAdobe PDF Format

Water Meter Calibration, Repair, and ReplacementAdobe PDF Format

Water AuditsAdobe PDF Format

Draft Coastal Georgia Water and Wastewater Permitting Plan for Managing Saltwater Intrusion Adobe PDF Format

What have we learned from the Sound Science Initiative by Nap Caldwell, EPD Senior Planning and Policy Advisor on Water (summary of presentation to the August 2-11, 2005 public meetings) Adobe PDF Format

Georgia Coastal Sound Science Initiative 2005-What have we learned? by John S. Clarke, USGS, Georgia Water Science Center (PowerPoint presentation to the Coastal Georgia Sound Science Initiative Legislative Study Committee, May 2005) Adobe PDF Format

Alternative Water Supplies in the 24-County Coastal Area of Georgia by Katherine Zitsch, CDM (Camp Dresser & McKee Inc.) (PowerPoint presentation to the August 2-11, 2005 public meetings) Adobe PDF Format

Technical Advisory Committee

Sound Science Initiative Bibliography

Coastal Georgia Water & Wastewater Permitting Plan for Managing Salt Water Intrusion by Sue Grunwald, EPD Planning & Policy Advisor (PowerPoint presentation to the 2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference) Adobe PDF Format

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