For 40 years, O’Day has been in the thick of the environmental efforts in Georgia, including a court case that created a pioneering set of rules requiring construction sites in Georgia to manage their stormwater — which turned out to be important in a metro area growing as fast as Atlanta.
A Georgia-raised boy and a Harvard-trained lawyer, O’Day has occasionally participated in the longest water war in the United States — the legal battle among Georgia, Alabama and Florida over the water from the Chattahoochee River. Mostly, he’s a keen observer of why that conflict has lasted longer than the careers of some of his fellow lawyers without a hint of resolution. O’Day lives in West Cobb, northwest of Atlanta, Georgia.
“The lesson is, the way things are structured now – unless you have a group that is forward looking, that governs the shared water, when you get to the crisis, unless some over-riding power makes the parties get together, there is not going to be anything but self-interest going on.”
– Stephen O’Day
Hear from O’Day and other water security experts at Water Leaders Summit 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Registration closes May 19.