In 1999, EPD “placed a moratorium on new agricultural withdrawal permits from the Floridan aquifer in southwest Georgia and on all agricultural surface water withdrawal permits for the entire Flint River” until the Flint River Plan could be developed. This Act impacted crop production for peanuts, cotton, corn and other vegetable crops. Throughout the next several years, the amount and impact of these withdrawals was analyzed as well as research to develop more efficient irrigation techniques. The drought had Georgians being more water conservation conscience.