Savannah-Upper Ogeechee Regional Highlights

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

Outreach Activities

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.