Water bill passes Senate committee

Don't spend your Memorial Day weekend fretting about the expanding shore of Lake Lanier; federal officials are on the case.

Last week, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved legislation to study and develop a comprehensive water strategy, a proposal from U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Marietta.

"As Georgia experiences the worst drought in over 100 years, it has become clear to me that the United States would benefit greatly from a national strategy for drinking water," said Isakson, who is a member of committee. "The legislation will give states the tools they need to create water policies that reflect 21st century demand and usage."

Linder has filed the 21st Century Water Commission Act twice in Congress, but this is the first time the Senate has considered the matter.

The bill would establish the commission to develop strategies to increase water supplies and improve the availability, reliability and quality of freshwater resources, according to a press release from Isakson, the sponsor of the Senate bill.

"I applaud my colleague, Sen. Isakson, for taking up this measure in the Senate and helping to get it passed in (last week's) committee markup," Linder said. "We need to ensure a sufficient and dependable water supply for our nation for years to come. We need to begin to think in creative new ways in order to highlight our nation's future water supply needs. The Twenty First Century Water Commission will give the states the tools to do that."

Forum slated for Thursday

Next week, residents can hear from the candidates for Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

The United Ebony Society will once again host candidates during political forums, beginning with Thursday's event focusing on those battling for the Republican nomination for chairman and two commission seats in July's primary.

Society President Robbie Susan Moore said Democrat candidates were invited to the forum, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, but only the Republicans will participate, since there are battles for the GOP nomination.

Another forum to focus on the primary battles for state House and Senate has been scheduled for June 18.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.