Mr. Cole has over 17 years’ experience handling water supply, environmental and local government matters with a focus on acquiring permits under Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act. His experience includes project management duties; guiding clients through the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and National Historic Preservation Act; drafting persuasive analyses of data; negotiating with regulatory officials; and assisting the client/permittee with permit compliance issues. In this arena, Mr. Cole has been involved in nearly 20 water supply reservoirs and numerous private developments, representing those clients in front of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Mr. Cole has worked as outside counsel to a suburban Atlanta county and local water authority. In that capacity, he drafted and reviewed various contracts, including GDOT and multi-million dollar construction contracts; drafted various ordinances and resolutions; and advised local officials on land acquisition, policy and other matters.
Mr. Cole has been a member of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s Basin Advisory Council for both the Ocmulgee and Chattahoochee River Basins.
Mr. Cole is the Chair of the Environmental Practice Group and a Senior Member of the Transactional Practice Groups.
•2012 Coosa River Basin Initiative’s Annual Meeting, “The Role of Reservoirs” - Panel Speaker
•2012 Alabama Water Resources Conference
•2011 Georgia Water Resources Conference, “Interbasin Transfers of Water”
•2011 Georgia Chamber of Commerce Environmental Conference, “Water Supply Reservoirs in Georgia” - Panel Speaker
•2010 ACCG County Attorneys Breakfast, Update on the Statewide Comprehensive Regional Water Planning Process
•2010 Spring Conference for the American Bar Association’s Local Government Section, “Interbasin Transfers of Water” - Panel Speaker
•2010 CLE on Georgia Water Supply Update
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Scott Cole spoke at the GA Chamber’s Environmental Conference
August 31, 2011
Scott Cole, of Counsiel with over 15 years' experience handling water supply, environmental and local government matters with a focus on acquiring permits under Section 404
HBS on History Channel
May 4, 2011
HBS attorneys, Brad Carver and Scott Cole, escorted the History Channel Network to the Camack Stone site at the Alabama-Tennessee-Georgia boundary location alongside the Tennessee River. The
Scott Cole presents at a special-called meeting to Auburn City Council members and other city officials on water supply and reservoir planning
December 7, 2010
On November 16, 2010 Hall Booth Smith's Scott Cole spoke to the Auburn City Council on water supply and reservoir planning. Addressing the multiple issues
A Year After Ruling, Our Water Future Is Now Bright
July 15, 2010
In a recent article for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, HBS Partner Brad Carver and Of Counsel Scott Cole discuss the latest developments in the Georgia water ruling.
Scott Cole Featured in ABC Article
July 2, 2010
Of Counsel Scott Cole was recently featured in an article written by the Atlanta Business Chronicle discussing the current status of the water debate involving Lake Lanier.
•Conservation Policy Leadership Institution, 2014
•Covington Redevelopment Authority
•Georgia Association of Water Professionals
•Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, 2015
•Republican Leadership for Georgia, 2012 (Treasurer)
•Smart Growth Newton County Board of Directors
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