The Clean Lanier Equation

Commit to the health of Lake Lanier.

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is working to protect this precious resource now and for generations to come.


Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s education and outreach efforts connect people of all ages and backgrounds to the river and Lake Lanier. By instilling a sense of value and understanding, CRK empowers people to be good stewards of their water resources. Since 2000, more than 100,000 students and teachers have experienced an award winning environmental education program aboard the Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center. The Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center is a collaboration between Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Hall County Parks and Leisure, and Elachee Nature Science Center.

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The Chattahoochee River and hundreds of streams over 1,000 square miles flow into Lake Lanier. These waterways carry with them pollutants such as nutrients, sediments and trash in their path. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper works to reduce and eliminate pollutants in our waterways so that we can enjoy clean and plentiful water. We test water quality, conduct site investigations and engage volunteers in trash cleanups to carry out this important work.

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Lake Lanier supplies drinking water for more than 5.5 million people. It also boasts $5 billion in economic impact to the region with 11 million visitors annually. Yet, the Chattahoochee River watershed is one of the smallest to serve a major metropolitan area. A growing population will continue to increase the demand for water supply. Water conservation and efficiency are essential tools that protect the natural and human environment and can lead to a sustainable future. This can have a positive effect on the Chattahoochee River’s communities and Lake Lanier.

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Special thanks to supporters of this program:

Lake Lanier Sustainer

  • Cargill, Inc. 
  • North Georgia Community Foundation 

Lake Lanier Defender

  • City of Gainesville
  • Forsyth County
  • Gwinnett County
  • The Herndon Family
  • Steve McKibbon
  • Mountain Dew Foundation

Lake Lanier Advocate

  • David and Gail Chester
  • The Eidson Family
  • Mincey Marble Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Norfolk Southern Foundation
  • The Romberg Family

Lake Lanier Conservator

  • Mike and Lynn Briggs
  • Country Charm Eggs
  • John A. Harris
  • Hettich America, L.P.
  • The McLendon Family
  • Peach State Bank & Trust
  • Thomas Owen

Lake Lanier Patron

  • Bill and Susan Brooksher
  • Mike & Sandy Dols
  • Etowah Meadery
  • Friends of Gainesville Parks & Greenways
  • Steve Glenn
  • Gnarly Marsh
  • Lanier Federal Credit Union
  • The Mincey Family
  • North Hall Earthworks, LLC.
  • The Thompson Family
  • Unicoi Outfitters
  • University of North Georgia – Gainesville

Lake Lanier Friend

  • The Burzotta Family
  • Cool River Tubing Company
  • CORE Benefit Solutions
  • Meredith Devine
  • The Gaines Family
  • Gainesville Flooring
  • Mike Hall
  • The Hemmer Family
  • Jake Martin & Son Contractors, Inc.
  • The Korzeniewski Family
  • Mellow Mushroom Gainesville
  • Milton Martin Toyota
  • Linda and Greg Olson
  • Redd’s Flies
  • Ruth Sutton
  • Joanne Steele
  • Camm Swift
  • Barbara Vlasz
  • Steven Woodruff

Be A Part Of The Equation

$24 funds the testing of Neighborhood Water Watch Sample

$20 funds 20 pounds of trash removed from the watershed

$35 funds one scholarship for a student to go on the LLALC

$100 funds scholarships for three title I school students aboard the LLALC

$500 funds one CASSi monitoring device

$1200 funds one Neighborhood Water Watch site for a year

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