Interbasin Transfers

The issue:
As metro Atlanta grapples with the potential loss of Lake Lanier as a source of drinking water, a growing number of political and business leaders are pushing for an increase use of interbasin transfers (IBTs) -- moving water from one river basin to another.

Our stand:
The Georgia Conservancy is urging lawmakers to more tightly regulate IBTs by requiring the state to consider a range of specific criteria when approving IBT permits. A set of criteria has already been included in the state water plan, which was adopted in 2008.

The state Department of Natural Resources has adopted regulations that says the state "should" look at these criteria when evaluating projects, not "shall."

The Georgia Conservancy is not advocating a ban on interbasin transfers. Rather, we want to make sure that transfers take place only after being carefully reviewed to ensure the long-term environmental health of both the donor basin and receiving basin.

How to help:
Sign our ‘No Water Grabs’ petition, and contact your legislator to urge them to support the IBT legislation. Click here to find your legislator.