In Georgia, 40,000 miles of streams at risk

From the Savannah to the Flint to the Chattahoochee, our rivers help make Georgia special—and they should be clean enough to enjoy any day of the year. But despite their beauty, and wealth of recreational opportunities, Georgia’s rivers continue to be treated like a personal sewer for some of the Southeast’s largest polluters.

Right now, thousands of miles of Georgia’s streams and hundreds of acres of wetlands are vulnerable to pollution and development. Polluters can dump garbage into streams, developers can pave over wetlands to build strip malls, and the cops on the environmental beat can’t do a thing about it. And it’s not just small streams and wetlands that will suffer — these waterways are the same ones that feed the Chattahoochee, the Conasauga, and all of our beloved rivers, and help to keep them clean.

Polluters are fighting to block protections for the Chattahoochee, and all our waters

In April, the Environmental Protection Agency took the first major step in decades to protect Georgia’s rivers by setting new guidelines to prevent pollution from flowing into our waters, and those across the country. But already the coal and oil industries, Big Ag, and their allies in Congress are doing everything they can to take this clean water victory off the books.

We know that a win for polluters means less protection for Georgia’s rivers. And we know that we can’t compete with them dollar for dollar. But we also know the public is with us— and if we can prove that to our elected officials, we can win. That’s why we’re mobilizing Georgians to take a stand with our waters.

Our plan to defend Georgia's rivers

We refuse to let polluters and their allies in Congress open our precious waterways to more dumping and development. We’re bringing together Georgians from all walks of life to protect the Chattahoochee, the Conasauga, and all of our rivers. From anglers to white-water enthusiasts, clergy to scientists, local officials to ordinary families, we all have a stake in keeping our water clean.

Our citizen outreach staff has been knocking on doors across the state, educating Georgians about what’s at stake.

Join our campaign.


Clean Water Updates

News Release | Environment Georgia

Chattahoochee and other waterways key to summer fun

Nearly 9 million people visited state parks that feature waterways like the Chattahoochee and the Flint, according to Environment Georgia’s new Summer Fun Index. The new fact sheet comes as summer draws to close, and as officials consider a new rule to restore protections for 57% of the state’s rivers and streams.

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Report | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Wasting our Waterways

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year – threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toxic discharges from industrial facilities are responsible for polluting more than 17,000 miles of rivers and about 210,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.

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News Release | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

10 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Georgia’s Waterways

Savannah, GA--Industrial facilities dumped 10,132,268 pounds of toxic chemicals into Georgia’s waterways in 2012, making Georgia’s waterways the 8th worst in the nation according to a new report by Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center. The Savannah River and her tributaries received over 5 million pounds of toxic pollution making it the third worst in the country. 

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News Release | Environment Georgia

EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade

Atlanta, GA- Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 57% of Georgia’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.

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News Release | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Georgia's Environment Regulators Urged to Keep Hog Waste out of Rivers

Georgia's Environmental Regulators have proposed serious rollbacks to existing rules that protect Georgia's waterways from pollution created at large industrial hog operations. At a public hearing held by the Environmental Protection Division on October 25th, 2013 Environment Georgia's State Advocate Jennette Gayer offered the following as public testimony.

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