ATLANTA – The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) announced today that initial site work for the Georgia Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Demonstration Project is slated to begin in September with the construction of the two deep monitoring wells. The monitoring wells will provide:

  • Geological and water quality data that will facilitate the design and permitting of the ASR well, and;
  • Ongoing monitoring of the aquifers throughout the duration of the demonstration project.

Since the initial project announcement, the following outreach and planning activities have been conducted:

  • A town hall meeting in Baker County to get direct citizen input on how to achieve the best test results from the demonstration project.
  • Several site visits by the project team to select a site location that will have minimal impact on neighbors and users of the Elmodel Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
  • The ASR project site was selected through local input and technical analysis.
  • Several permitting meetings with environmental and wildlife regulatory agencies were held.
  • Completion of a cultural resources survey.
  • Detailed briefings were given at the request of the leadership of the Upper Flint and Lower Flint-Ochlockonee Water Planning Councils and the Middle Chattahoochee Water Planning Council.
  • Completion of initial site surveys and geotechnical analysis.

“Our goal throughout this process is to develop accurate data on the feasibility of ASR on this site with minimal impact on site users, neighbors and other concerned stakeholders,” said Matt Harper, water supply program manager for GEFA.

The demonstration project will test the feasibility of ASR technology at this particular site – the Elmodel WMA in Baker County – with a focus on determining storage volumes, recharge rates, recovery rates, and water quality changes that might result from storing water in the Claiborne/Clayton Aquifers. A production well installed in the shallow Floridan Aquifer will provide recharge water to an ASR well installed across the deeper Claiborne/Clayton Aquifers. The water will remain (storage) in the Claiborne/Clayton Aquifers until it is withdrawn (recovery) from the Claiborne/Clayton Aquifers to augment stream flow in the Chickasawhatchee Creek.

GEFA is managing the project in conjunction with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and other agencies. For more information on the project, please visit www.asrgeorgia.org.