Title page for ETD etd-05312012-200839

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Chaisson, Samantha Kay
URN etd-05312012-200839
Title Drought in Georgia: Water Scarcity Issues and Implications
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Colten, Craig Committee Chair
Namikas, Steven Committee Member
Sluyter, Andrew Committee Member
  • water policy
  • conservation
  • urban parks
  • water scarcity
Date of Defense 2012-04-25
Availability unrestricted
Population growth and hydrological drought threaten the water supply of Atlanta,

Georgia. In Georgia, water policy changed rapidly due to stress on the resource, regulation

increased, and the state promoted a “culture of conservation” to combat water scarcity. This

study examines how regulatory measures, including legislative acts and Governor’s executive

orders, have impacted the population’s attitudes and behaviors towards water consumption.

Furthermore, public spaces are used to measure public perception of water policy, and serve as a

physical representation of the culture shift.

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