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 – [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Critter Corner: Bald Eagles

While patrolling the river in Fulton County south of Atlanta on a sunny August morning, a CRK teambrownish-grey bird emerging from the trees. We did a double take. It wasn’t a hawk, osprey, or heron. Later it dawned on us – it was a juvenile bald eagle. Juvenile eagles don’t get their signature white head and brown feathers until they are three years old and young eagles typically return to the nest in the fall. Our sighting indicates that nesting bald eagles have made a home just downstream of Atlanta. Recently-fledged juveniles stay near their parents for a few [...]

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Pride for the River, Pride for Each Other

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper wants to re-establish the South’s greatest outdoor space as one that is inclusive and welcoming of everyone. The organization’s new Out on the Hooch initiative was created to welcome members of the LGBTQ community and establish opportunities to connect in celebration of the waterway we all share. “Out on the Hooch will bring together our LGBTQ friends and allies with personal stories about our connection to the Chattahoochee River through recreation,” said CRK Technical Programs Specialist Ashley Desensi, a member of the LGBTQ community and one of the creators of Out on the Hooch. “We want to [...]

By |September 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments