Governor Perdue has named a special task force comprised of business leaders, environmental groups, state and local government officials, and basin advisory committee members. The task force has not been tasked with specific goals yet, but will likely be used to provide expertise for contingency planning. Contingency planning is now seen as an important part of the State’s overall water strategy. With or without a reduction in withdrawals from Lake Lanier, Metro Atlanta will need to pursue alternative water sources. The task force held their first meeting on October 7th and will meet two more times before the end of the year.