Word: 'An insult to both common sense and Mother Nature'

Editorial boards of Georgia newspapers outside metro Atlanta have harshly criticized the recently passed statewide water plan.

"Georgia lawmakers have wasted an opportunity to craft an elegant statewide water plan that would have required fewer fixes in the future."

— Savannah Morning News, Jan. 22.

"In this instance Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and state House Speaker Glenn Richardson, were peddling the statewide water plan, which is going up for legislative endorsement on a very, very fast track despite almost every written opinion about declaring it to be an insult to both common sense and Mother Nature."

— Rome News-Tribune, Jan. 18

"What actually has been sliced, however, is the influence of the 143 counties outside the 16-county metro Atlanta region when it comes to how water will be allocated within Georgia."

— Albany Herald, Jan. 20