In response to the water resource challenges facing Georgia, Governor Barnes proposed and the General Assembly adopted Senate Resolution 142 during the 2001 legislative session. SR142 created a 23 member Joint Comprehensive Water Plan Study Committee and a 50 member Water Plan Advisory Committee. The committees were given the responsiibity of developing the framework for the State Water Management Plan and identifying actions to better manage water resources. The Vinson Institute of Government provided staff support for the study committee’s efforts. In May 2001, EPD prepared a Water Issues White Paper recommending the following 15 specific water issues and solutions for consideration by the Joint Study Committee for inclusion in the State Water Plan.