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13 October 2010

Barnes Endorsed By Georgia Conservation Voters

The following is a press release from the gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Roy Barnes:

Standing on the banks of the Chattahoochee River on Wednesday, Roy Barnes received the endorsement of Georgia Conservation Voters and unveiled his plan to make water planning and conservation a priority as governor.

Barnes outlined the steps he'll take as governor to conserve and protect Georgia's water supply in order to procure favorable outcomes in the tri-state water crisis.

"Before we reached this crisis, Roy was proactive in solving our tri-state water problem," Georgia Conservation Voters Executive Director Chris Osborne said. "He focused the state on water planning to assess our regional needs and make sure Georgia has plenty of good, clean drinking water both now and in the future. And that's why we wholeheartedly endorse him in this election."

Barnes' plan includes:

  • Conserve Georgia's water supply by updating and repairing municipal water infrastructure and providing financial incentives for consumers who utilize technologies that reduce water usage such as low-flow toilets and modern irrigation systems.

  • Set goals for water management by working with Regional Water Planning Agencies to develop plans for managing storm water run-off, waste water treatment and water conservation.

  • Emphasize water storage by building new reservoirs and looking into storage alternatives such as underground storage.

“If we’re going to provide economic opportunity and improved quality of life for Georgia’s businesses and citizens – we’ve got to work towards solutions and solve our ongoing water crisis,” Barnes said.

Click here to read Barnes’ full plan.

Established in 2000, and representing over 200,000 Georgia voters, the mission of Georgia Conservation Voters (GCV) is to preserve and enhance the quality of life for all Georgians by making conservation issues a top priority with Georgia’s elected officials, political candidates and voters. In 2008, 12 out of 13 GCV endorsed candidates won in primary elections and 17 of 20 GCV endorsed candidates won in general elections.