The Savannah-Upper Ogeechee Regional Water Planning Council meets regularly between plan updates to discuss ongoing implementation of the plan, outreach to interested stakeholders, and hear the latest on water issues affecting the Region. Below is a summary of ongoing activities.
The region covers portions of the Savannah, Ogeechee, Oconee and Tennessee River basins. The lower portions of the Savannah, Ogeechee and Oconee basins lie within other regions, and the Savannah basin is shared with South Carolina.
The Savannah River Basin includes three major lakes owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Lake Hartwell, Lake Richard B. Russell, and Lake Thurmond.
In addition to water supply, power generation, flood prevention, and drought management, the streams and lakes in the region support significant recreational uses and important biological resources.
Regional Water Plan Seed Grants
Regional Water Plan Seed Grants provide competitive funding annually to support and incentivize local governments and other water users as they undertake implementation of the Regional Water Plan. The Grants require cash and in-kind match, and have a maximum project amount. Additional information about Seed Grants may be found at EPD’s website: SEED GRANTS
Members of the Regional Council participate in outreach activities to increase knowledge and understanding of the Regional Plan. An example outreach presentation providing an overview of the Regional Plan and process is available for download below.
EPD collaborated with the planning contractors and Council Chairs to create a newsletter to keep Council Members updated on the work that was underway during the 2020-2023 Regional Water Plan Update. Topics covered include updates from EPD, planning process and resource assessment overviews, forecasting results, and funding updates. Newsletter editions may be released on a quarterly basis or after Council Meetings, as appropriate. The 2023 Fact Sheet was developed to capture the highlights of the 2023 Regional Water Plan Update. The released newsletters and fact sheet can be found below.