Lobby For Clean Groundwater At The Capitol (Sb 36)

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Lobby For Clean Groundwater At The Capitol (Sb 36)
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Georgia WAND says
Take Action to protect clean water for all Georgians!
We will begin with breakfast and learning, after which we'll go across the street to the Georgia State Capitol building to speak with our representatives. The day begins at 8:00am near the capitol, location TBD. After breakfast and learning, we'll go in a group across the street to the Georgia State Capitol building. Your RSVP is strongly recommended - contact Che at che@georgiawand.org or 404-524-5999.

This year, Georgia WAND is especially interested in passing Senate Bill 36 to protect groundwater – a Georgia Water Coalition priority.

Many of Georgia’s drinking water aquifers are pristine, they support local economies and are superior to alternatives in terms of cost and reliability. Unlike other states across the country, Georgians are fortunate to have access to and reasonable use of water on or under their property. But our precious groundwater is at risk, because current laws and regulations do not provide enough protection, such as protections against radioactive contaminants. SB 36, fortunately, will require the Department of Natural Resources to write rules protecting our groundwater.

Senator William Ligon introduced SB 36, which is co-sponsored by other South and coastal Georgia legislators (Senators Ben Watson, Lester Jackson, Tommie Williams, Freddie Powell Sims), during last year’s session; and it successfully passed the Senate by a majority vote. It is currently waiting to be heard by the House of Representatives’ Natural Resources and Environment Committee. We need the bill to be heard and favorably passed out of committee and onto the House floor for a successful vote.

SB 36 is a no-cost option to protecting our groundwater, which in turn protects our property and economic interests; otherwise, we might spend millions of dollars cleaning up contaminated water. SB 36 is good for Georgia, our economy, people and children – Protecting our groundwater now makes sense for future generations!

Please consider wearing the color green on Capitol Conservation Day to show solidarity.

Learn about SB-36: View fact sheet here: http://gawand.org/sb36action/

Contact your Representative! Follow the link to get the contact information for members of the House Natural Resources Committee: https://sites.google.com/a/gawater.org/protect-well-water/
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By: Georgia WAND

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