Bartow residents who represent all sides of the issue of how water resources are used are being encouraged to help a state agency plan for northwest Georgia’s future needs.

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is seeking Bartow County residents to serve on the Coosa/Etowah Basin Advisory Council, one of six councils in the 15-county region that help develop and implement water resource plans for the region.

The councils provide valuable input by representing the wide variety of stakeholders that rely on the region’s water resources, a news release stated.

The Metro Water District will soon begin work on the 2022 update to the Water Resource Management Plan and is looking for voices from diverse interest groups to participate in this process.

The six councils represent the major river basins within the Metro Water District’s planning region: Chattahoochee, Coosa/Etowah, Flint, Ocmulgee, Oconee and Lanier. Interested residents are encouraged to apply as well as those who represent environmental, business, real estate, recreation, neighborhood, agriculture, utility, academic, water resources, and other interests, the release stated.

Individuals must reside within the river basin of the council for which they apply. Members serve two-year terms and may be reappointed for additional terms. Councils hold regular quarterly meetings but may also hold special meetings as needed to provide input on Metro Water District activities and actions.

The application for Basin Advisory Council membership is available at www.northgeorgiawater.org/ApplyNow. The deadline to apply is May 3, 2019.

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is the planning organization dedicated to developing a comprehensive regional and watershed-specific water resource plan to be implemented by local governments in the district.

The plan protects water quality and public water supplies in and downstream of the region, protects recreational values of the waters in and downstream of the region and minimizes potential adverse impacts of development on waters in and downstream of the region.

For more information, contact the Metro Water District at 470-378-1551 or BAC@northgeorgiawater.com.