The Alabama Water Agencies Working Group (AWAWG) was informally established in 2012 and inherited by Governor Ivey as part of the transition to office.

After careful consideration, Governor Ivey decided to disband the AWAWG in favor of following the process for changes to Alabama’s water resources planning and management programs and policies that are outlined under the Alabama Water Resources Act (Code of Alabama, 1975, §9-10B-1 et seq.) 

That process is overseen by the Alabama Office of Water Resources and the Alabama Water Resources Commission, whose members represent various water-interest sectors and are appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House. These two entities have the primary statutory role in advising the Governor and the Legislature on recommended changes to how Alabama manages its water resources.

The information developed under the AWAWG process is provided below and will serve as a resource for future efforts to improve and enhance Alabama’s water resources management efforts.

 

December 2013 Alabama Water Resources Management Policy Report

Click here to read the report.


Stakeholder Meetings

There was a stakeholder meeting held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in the Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce (CASIC) building in Auburn. The agenda and presentations are provided in the links below:

Click here for the April 5, 2016 Meeting Agenda​.

Click here for the link to the meeting overview presentation provided by Dr. Nick Tew, AWAWG Chair.​

Click here for a presentation on the status of the Riparian and Other Legal Issues Focus Panel provided by Bennett Bearden, Riparian Focus Panel Chair.​

Click here for a presentation on the status of the Enhanced COUs, Permitting and IBTs Focus Panel provided by Tom Littlepage, COU Focus Panel Chair.​

Click here for a presentation on the status of the Instream Flows Focus Panel provided by Pat O’Neil, Instream Flows Focus Panel Chair.

Click here for a presentation on the status of the Conservation, Efficiency, and Reuse Focus Panel provided by Cameron Handyside, Water Conservation Focus Panel Chair.​

Click here for a presentation on the status of the Local and Regional Planning Focus Panel provided by Marlon Cook, Local and Regional Planning Focus Panel Chair.

 

August 1, 2012 Water Management Issues in Alabama Report

The Alabama Water Agencies Working Group submitted a report outlining major water resource issues in Alabama. The report identified and summarized a dozen key water issues and policy options. The group concluded that a water management plan needs to be developed so that Alabama can address these issues responsibly and effectively. The report is intended to provide a common base of information to assist various water agencies and others interested in water resource matters to take the first steps toward resolving policy issues and creating a comprehensive water management plan for Alabama.

Click here to read the report​.

 

Stakeholder Comments

The "Water Management Issues in Alabama" report was sent out to 247 individuals and organizations inviting all interested parties to provide comments on the issues presented in the report and any other issues they considered relevant.  During August, September and October 2012, Alabama Water Agencies Working Group members attended numerous stakeholder meetings involving several hundred participants. Comments from a total of 70 individuals and organizations have been received since October 1, 2012 have been received and can be viewed or downloaded.

Click here to visit the "Stakeholder Comments" page.