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On a warm and sunny spring day, Watkinsville Mayor Charles Ivie surveys some of the nearly six acres the city has recently acquired. He is excited about the future of the property, located off South Main Street.

Published Date: August 4, 2014

After the February ice storms hit north Georgia, Rome Arborist Terry Paige knew there would be damage to some of the city’s trees, as extreme weather is often harmful to trees in urban environments. However, the regular attention Paige and his staff pay to the city’s trees helped to lessen the blow.

Published Date: May 9, 2014

The Georgia Recycling Coalition launched a Made in Georgia...from recycled materials campaign last August during its 22nd annual conference.

Published Date: May 9, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a comprehensive guide of the various federal financing programs for state and local government energy efficiency and clean energy projects.

Published Date: September 16, 2013

Inert waste landfills that were in full compliance with the “permit by rule requirements” as of January 1, 2012 may continue to operate under that permit as long as a certified engineer says the landfill is currently complying with the previous regulations.

Published Date: July 26, 2013

The cities of Alma, Calhoun, Tybee Island, and the Polk County Water, Sewage & Solid Waste Authority, were recently awarded financing totaling $9,700,000 for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA).

Published Date: March 27, 2013

Plato is attributed as saying that “the beginning is the most important part of the work.” Perhaps nowhere is this truer than in the context of addressing the time-consuming, complex and potentially high risk and costly realm of municipal water supply for decision-makers charged with ensuring that their communities will have access to clean, reliable and affordable water now and in the future.

Published Date: March 7, 2013

The summer of 2012 saw the most geographically extensive drought in the United States in 50 years. Here in Georgia, the effects of the drought can be seen in the steady drop in water levels in Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier, the two principal water supply sources for Metropolitan Atlanta.

Published Date: February 7, 2013

Young Harris has become a bright example of how a city can use solar energy to save money and fuel growth.

Published Date: October 12, 2012

Faced with some expensive options – including spending $6-8 million on a new sewer treatment plant – the city of Royston opted to let nature do its thing, with a little help from some Blue Frogs.

Published Date: October 12, 2012

Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD), in an effort to improve the wastewater review process in its Watershed Protection Branch (WPB), will now require certification by a professional engineer on infrastructure plans and specifications submitted for WPB’s approval.

Published Date: September 27, 2012

The cities of Ashburn, Cuthbert, Jasper, Jeffersonville, Sylvester and Wadley were awarded financing totaling $5,752,573 for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors on August 28.

Published Date: August 29, 2012

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework to help local governments meet Clean Water Act water quality objectives and prioritize capital investments.

Published Date: June 19, 2012

This guide for town, city and county leaders outlines a new tool they can use to build the financial and political support needed to reclaim and redevelop the thousands of abandoned gas stations, auto body shops, and industrial facilities nationwide.

Published Date: March 14, 2012

Rural communities across America are working to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life to residents, and build on assets such as traditional main streets, agricultural and working lands, and natural resources.

Published Date: January 11, 2012

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