In 2009, the Middle Chattahoochee Water Planning Council developed a vision statement to describe its desired outcomes for the water planning region's future and adopted goals for the Regional Water Plan that support the vision. In 2016, and again in March 2022, the Council reviewed and updated its vision statement and goals.
The following is the Council's vision statement, as approved by the Council in 2022:
"Our vision is that our descendants have safe, clean, abundant, and sustainable water in the Middle Chattahoochee Region through cooperation, education, scientific research, best available data, conservation, and stewardship."
The following are the Council's goals, as approved by the Council in 2022:
- Maintain collaboration that acknowledges the significant differences of geography, population, economic conditions, and biodiversity in the region to build consensus around how to provide for the needs of this region sustainably and for the foreseeable future.
- Plan to protect the quality of the water in the rivers, streams, reservoirs, and aquifers in our region for the purposes of enhancing the quality of life for the people in our region, conserving fish and wildlife, promoting recreation, supporting our economy, and protecting public health, with due consideration of environmental and economic sustainability.
- Plan the use of water in the rivers, streams, reservoirs, and aquifers within our region to provide sufficient flow and lake levels for public and private uses, including transportation, commerce, energy production, agriculture, public water supply, flood control, recreation, industry, and economic development, with due consideration of environmental and economic sustainability.
The Middle Chattahoochee Water Planning Council's vision and goals were adopted to guide the Council in developing this Plan. While the Council does not directly manage water resources in the region, the vision and goals address resource management in order to indicate the Council's priorities and inform Council decision-making in its planning process. The vision and goals were used by the Council to guide the selection of water management practices and recommendations, whicha re discussed in Section 6.