January 20, 2016
After Rep. Collins' criticism, Corps reverses irrigation ban policy
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Doug Collins issued the following statement after a call with Brigadier General Turner of the Corps South Atlantic Division. During the call, General Turner announced the Corps would suspend implementation of a previous policy decision related to shore line management plans. This policy, instituted by the Corps on January 1, 2016, changed decades old precedent by prohibiting property owners from withdrawing water for irrigation:
"Immediately following news of the January 1 decision, I publically called on the Corps to explain their decision and release all legal documents pertaining to the announced change to shore line management plans. Since my initial criticism of the Corps decision, I've met with numerous constituents, including the Lake Hartwell Homeowners Association, to discuss how to best fight against this burdensome and costly change. While the Corps initially failed to behave in a transparent manner, they've responded to our criticism and reversed course. The Corps will now suspend implementation of changes to irrigation policy and has committed to instituting a public comment period prior to implementing additional policy changes. This is a win for property owners across Northeast Georgia and I will continue to ensure their rights are respected."