The GA Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is proposing to remove the minimum flow requirement of 750 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the Chattahoochee at Peachtree Creek in Atlanta. This flow requirement, which has been in place for nearly 40 years, is essential to protecting the health of the river as it receives discharges from more than a dozen sewage treatment plants in Fulton, Cobb, Douglas, and Gwinnett counties.
Prior to removing this protection, a comprehensive, scientific study and water quality-monitoring program is needed to ensure that water quality and recreation will not be harmed by lower flows in the river. For more information about EPD’s proposed rule change click here. On June 26, a public hearing will be held, please attend at 1pm in the Environmental Protection Division Training Center, located at 4244 International Parkway, Suite 116, Atlanta, Georgia 30354. For more information, please contact Kevin Jeselnik at email@example.com
Ericsson Challenges Students to Improve Water Quality
Ericsson, a world leader in communications technology, has partnered with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to launch an exciting competition in which college students create a device that remotely monitors water quality. The device must be waterproof, RoHS compliant, environmentally safe, and low power. Measuring water quality consistently is expensive, inefficient, and time-consuming, and CRK depends on scientific data to support its mission. This competition is a potential game-changer for CRK, as a remote device would greatly expand our water monitoring. Students must design a device that costs no more than $200 and can remotely gather and report water-quality data on a regular basis. Once a design is selected, Ericsson will build a prototype for CRK to test.
Click here to see the full press release from Ericsson.
E. coli Concerns Rise Due to Rains
We have a saying at Riverkeeper- When it’s high and muddy, stay off the water.
The river, especially around the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, is usually clean and safe for swimming, boating, fishing and other forms of water contact. The exception is during and after heavy rains. Bacteria levels usually spike during heavy rain events as pollutants are washed into the river from impervious surfaces and the sewer infrastructure in our urban environment; and bacteria levels typically retreat after the rains subside.