2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 12 - CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
CHAPTER 5 - WATER RESOURCES
ARTICLE 3 - WELLS AND DRINKING WATER
PART 2 - GROUND-WATER USE GENERALLY
§ 12-5-95 - Proposed regulations regarding ground-water use; hearings; adoption and modification of regulations; contesting validity of regulations
. Proposed regulations regarding ground-water use; hearings; adoption and modification of regulations; contesting validity of regulations
(a) The Board of Natural Resources shall prepare proposed regulations to be applied, containing such of the following provisions as the board finds appropriate concerning the use of ground waters:
(1) Provisions requiring water users within the area to submit reports not more frequently than at 30 day intervals concerning quantity of water used or withdrawn, sources of water, and the nature of the use thereof;
(2) With respect to ground waters, provisions concerning the timing of withdrawals, provisions to protect against or abate salt-water encroachment, and provisions to protect against or abate unreasonable adverse effects on other water users within the area, including but not limited to adverse effects on public use;
(3) With respect to ground waters, provisions concerning well depth and spacing controls, and provisions establishing a range of prescribed pumping levels (elevations below which water may not be pumped) or maximum pumping rates, or both, in wells or for the aquifer or for any part thereof based on the capacities and characteristics of the aquifer;
(4) Such other provisions not inconsistent with this part as the Board of Natural Resources finds necessary to implement the purposes of this part.
(b) The Board of Natural Resources shall conduct one or more hearings upon the proposed regulations, in accordance with Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act." Upon completion of the hearings and consideration of submitted evidence and arguments with respect to any proposed regulation, the board shall adopt its final action with respect thereto, and shall publish such final action as part of its official regulations. The board is empowered to modify or revoke from time to time any final action previously taken by it pursuant to this Code section, any such modifications or revocations, however, to be subject to the procedural requirements of this part, including notice and hearing.
(c) Any person wishing to contest the validity of a regulation may file for a declaratory judgment as provided for by Code Section 50-13-10
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