Water Management

The Water Management Practice represents local governments and authorities, the State of Georgia, developers, financiers, owners and operations of and investors in water projects, including reservoirs, water and waste water treatment plants and systems. Our attorneys were chosen by the Georgia and Atlanta Chambers of Commerce to help draft and advocate for S.B. 122, the Georgia Water Public Private Partnership Act, enacted in 2011.

We structure projects to:

  • meet the constraints of applicable state law, which often restricts a local government’s ability to enter into long term contracts, and limits the form of state and local investment
  • the lack of a developed water law in many states
  • the long lead times for environmental permits
  • limitations on the use of tax exempt bonds
  • the underwriting criteria for financing, and
  • coordinating the components of the capital stack, including available grants and other forms of public assistance, with the needs of private partners.

We assist clients with storm water and waste water permitting, erosion control issues and evaluating and addressing the impacts from wetlands and other jurisdictional waters on the development of real property.

Our team includes a former Georgia Deputy Attorney General and a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attorney, and a partner who has served as a Georgia Special Assistant Attorney General on a number of occasions, including representing Georgia in its successful negotiations for a $1.2 Billion Kia automotive assembly plant.