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Two legislators tapped for water committee
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth County will be well represented on the state Joint Committee on Water Supply.

Two of the 10 lawmakers selected to serve on the panel — Rep. Mark Hamilton and Sen. Jack Murphy — hail from Forsyth.

The committee is charged with examining and analyzing the current status of Georgia’s reservoir system.

Hamilton, a Republican from Cumming who represents District 23, said he was honored to be appointed.

"Water remains one of the most critical aspects in determining the future of Georgia and its great citizens," he said. "It is also obviously so very critical to the future of the citizens of Cumming and Forsyth County.

"Ensuring that we have a long-term reliable source and availability of clean water is so critical and I look forward to working with others on this committee to find and develop solutions that will provide these sources and availability."

Hamilton joins Dist. 27 Sen. Murphy, a fellow Republican from Cumming, who was reappointed to serve a second year on the committee.

"I think it’s absolutely an asset to Forsyth County having both a representative and state senator appointed to the committee so that we can work together on it and on resolving some of our water problems within the state," Murphy said.

The committee was reformed this year to continue the work begun last year.

Hamilton said having two committee members from Forsyth would be great for the county and city of Cumming, but also for the state, which is embroiled in a legal battle over Lake Lanier’s water.

The lake, Hamilton said, is "so important to us and we will have the opportunity to represent and protect its great value."

"This will continue to be critical, especially as we proceed through the legal challenges with Florida and Alabama, and Lake Lanier remains a crown jewel for the citizens of Cumming and Forsyth County."