Where we come from: A look at the Chattahoochee River and Native American History

Just as the word “Chattahoochee” originates from the Creek/Muskogee word meaning painted rock, the resource we know as the Chattahoochee River today was first significant to many indigenous Americans tribes. In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, here are some sites along the Chattahoochee River that pay tribute to the rich traditions of indigenous cultures. Nacoochee Indian Mound Heading into Helen, Georgia from the east, it’s hard to miss Nacoochee Indian Mound, which sits just a few miles away from the Chattahoochee River. The Indian mound dates back more than 1000 years, [...]

By |November 19th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

US Census Emphasizes Chattahoochee River’s Value

A lot of conversation about Georgia’s growing population has focused on what the change will mean for “redistricting,” or how boundary lines will change future elections and political races. The population changes also have implications for Georgia’s water resources, which we all have an obligation to use wisely and responsibly. The 2020 US Census tells us that about half of Georgia’s new population depends on the Chattahoochee River, Lake Lanier, West Point Lake, and Lake Oliver for drinking water. For the sake of round numbers, between US Census years 2010 and 2020, the entire state of Georgia gained an [...]

By |October 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

BacteriALERT program celebrates 20 years

BacteriAlert is a one of a kind, real-time bacteria monitoring program operated as a partnership between CRK, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the National Parks Service (NPS). Together, we have now been collecting data from the Chattahoochee River for past 20 years. In that time, researchers have noticed a dependable pattern in the data - when it rains, stormwater washes pollutants into the river and bacteria levels rise. These spikes of bacteria can put people that recreate in the river at risk of getting sick. Traditional tests for the bacteria levels have a turnaround time of 18-24 hours – [...]

By |September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Georgia’s “Obligation” in the Water Wars

On April 1, 2021, another chapter in the long running “water wars” concluded after eight years and tens of millions of dollars spent. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 9-0 opinion that Florida failed to make a compelling legal argument or provide sufficient evidence that Georgia uses too much of the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers’ water. The court did not agree that any harm to the Sunshine State’s oyster population could be traced to the Peach State’s water use. Georgia’s ‘win’ in this legal round comes with two important lessons from the Florida v. Georgia opinion. First, the [...]

By |September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Pressing for Improvements in Columbus Combined Sewer Treatment

The Chattahoochee River has experienced remarkable change since the turn of the century. Because of significant improvements in water quality as cities like Atlanta invested billions to upgrade sewer collection and treatment systems in the river upstream, downstream communities including Columbus enjoy this reinvigorated resource. The improved water quality, dam removals, and a highly successful whitewater course and RiverWalk promenade have all changed the way people use and enjoy the Chattahoochee River in Columbus. Each month, there are thousands of people fishing, rafting, and kayaking in the river in downtown Columbus. But an aging wastewater treatment system poses a [...]

By |September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Keeping the River Flowing Forever

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper envisions a future where there is always enough clean water for everyone - water that is affordable, accessible, and healthy. We envision a future where neighborhood streams and lakes are no longer polluted; where all the waters in the Chattahoochee River Basin are fishable, swimmable, and drinkable; where nature thrives. The changes the river faced 50 years ago are very different than those it will face a half century from now. Planned giving is a way for supporters of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to be remembered long-term, and for future investments into the health of this waterway to be [...]

By |September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments