ATLANTA (AP) - State officials will take over a project testing whether water stored underground in Georgia can be pumped into drought-stricken waterways to protect wildlife or ease a regional water conflict. The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority said Wednesday it will lead the roughly $5 million test project in the Flint River basin in southwest Georgia.
That decision came after the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission said Tuesday it was withdrawing as project manager. Under the plan, water would be taken from an underground aquifer near the surface and pumped into aquifers deeper in the ground. During a drought, pumps would draw that stored water back to the surface and put it into the Chickasawhatchee Creek. The local commission said it believes state officials should oversee the effort.