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Paddle Georgia & Guv Hopefuls Forum

June 1, 2010

At 7:00 P.M. on June 24, 2010, the Georgia Water Coalition and Paddle Georgia will host a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Columbia County near Augusta. The Augusta Chronicle’s Outdoors Editor Rob Pavey will serve as the moderator. If you have questions about the forum, e-mail April Ingle at

The Augusta forum complements the gatherings and debates that have already taken place across Georgia.  Whether or not you plan on attending the GWC forum, I’ve pulled together press coverage from the past ten months to help you get a sense of issues and individual candidates’ thinking on water policy:

  • “On the surface,” the state’s water issues seem “like an Atlanta problem, but it’s not that cut and dry,” according to the Georgia River Network’s April Ingle.  Read the rest of Pavey’s Augusta Chronicle article to understand why.  Pavey’s editors also think the fourteen qualified gubernatorial candidates “better have some commonsense plans to deal with the state’s water crisis.”
  • The Athens Banner Herald covered a University of Georgia event.  Also, see our previous blog post.
  • The gubernatorial candidates were “a little fuzzy” on the state’s water issues, according to a Rome News-Tribune piece on the University of West Georgia’s conference-forum.  Press related to this event can also be found in the Times-Georgian.
  • Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal commented on proposed reservoirs in the Etowah River basin in this Douglas County Sentinel story.  We’ve previously blogged about Deal’s quest to reauthorize all of Georgia’s federal reservoirs – excluding West Point.
  • John Oxendine and Eric Johnson have presented their opinions on interbasin transfers and the Tennessee River.  Also, see this blog post.
  • Ben Emanuel – who is also a Water Wire contributor – recently commented on water policy, the upcoming governor’s race, and potential solutions in his Flagpole Magazine op-ed.

Some of the fourteen qualified candidates consider water a critical campaign platform plank and an “issue” unto itself.  Others have no specific statement pertaining to the state’s water resources.  Complete candidate contact information can be found on the Georgia Secretary of State website.

I’ll update this post periodically, particularly as candidates commit to attend the forum.

-Chris Manganiello

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