This week, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Deputy to the Governor Jim Henry and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Shari Meghreblian to unveil the state’s water availability plan. It assesses current water resources and makes recommendations based on population and economic growth through 2040.
The report cites the need to address infrastructure, particularly in unserved areas and rural systems, and recommends a comprehensive water resources planning process and public awareness campaign. It stresses the need for more collaboration and communication and calls for an evaluation of existing laws and regional jurisdictions. In addition, it recommends using state and regional groups for cooperation inside and outside of the state, and calls for the identification of sustainable funding.
More information on the state’s water availability plan is available here.