The Clean Water Initiative was formed in April 2000 to study metro Atlanta's growing water quality challenges and recommend a framework to address these challenges. A task force of diverse and influential leaders was assembled to study regional water quality issues and reach consensus on the strategies and structures this region should employ to address these challenges.
The Clean Water Initiative was a project convened by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Business Coalition. The Initiative proved to be an effective model for focusing attention on an environmental problem, developing consensus on a plan for action and achieving the political momentum necessary to implement the plan.
The task force reached its final recommendations on October 2000. The focus of the recommendations was the creation of a "Metro Atlanta Water Planning District" for a sixteen county area in metro Atlanta. Legislation that closely tracks the Clean Water Initiative recommendations was introduced in the state Senate in February 2001.
Related materials in other repositories: Metro Atlanta Clean Water Initiative records, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.