Our Year-long River Relay Comes to an End

2019 marked 25 years since the beginning of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's efforts to keep watch over the river with comprehensive water quality monitoring, trash cleanups, educational programs and advocacy efforts. In celebration of our silver anniversary, we embarked on the Relay Down the Hooch, a momentous 435-mile Olympic-style relay from the Chattahoochee’s source spring in the North Georgia mountains all the way down to Lake Seminole at the Florida border. It took months of hard work, but the Relay reached its southern terminus on Thursday, December 9, 2019. With the help of 33 partner organizations and hundreds of volunteers, participants [...]

By |December 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Want to Save Water? Skip the Mall.

With the holiday season comes a retail bonanza. Goaded by promises of blowout sales, shoppers buy new clothes by the bundle. There’s a big problem though: the fashion industry is one of the largest sources of water pollution in the world. Massive quantities of water are needed during every step of the garment-making process. It takes water to grow cotton, dye fabrics, and wash and distress new clothing. In fact, around a fifth of the world’s industrial water pollution comes from the garment industry. The amount of new clothing we buy exacerbates the problem. Today, Americans buy five times [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Lake Lanier dumping among worst offenses to Georgia’s water

By Hannah Warner, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Headwaters Outreach Director Alarming levels of bacteria and nutrients abound in Baker & Glover’s Mobile Home Park on-site wastewater treatment plant, yet EPD reactions have been underwhelming. In November, the Georgia Water Coalition released the 2019 Dirty Dozen report, highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia’s water. Baker & Glover Mobile Home Park, a rural mobile home community located at the northeast end of Lake Lanier in Hall County, made the list. The sewage treatment plant serving the community discharges into East Fork Little River, a tributary that flows directly into [...]

By |November 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Mega Spill on Nickajack Creek

On New Year’s Eve, the South Cobb Water Reclamation Facility experienced an unprecedented equipment failure. Over the subsequent nine days, an estimated 113 million gallons of raw sewage and stormwater spewed out of a manhole into Nickajack Creek, just a couple of yards from the Chattahoochee River. CRK responded immediately by collecting and testing water samples and providing access to reporters to ensure public awareness of the event. The deluge of untreated sewage entering the river via Nickajack Creek was evident as far as 70 miles downriver. E.coli bacteria levels measured more than five times higher than normal. Large [...]

By |October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Does South Fulton Need More Water?

For years, the South Fulton Municipal Regional Water and Sewer Authority (Authority)—made up of Fairburn, Palmetto and Union City—planned to build a new water supply reservoir on a Chattahoochee tributary known as Bear Creek. The municipalities proposed a 440-acre reservoir that would be filled by pumping water—up to 32 million gallons daily—from the Chattahoochee River. Different reservoir concept plans failed on multiple occasions, most recently in 2016. The primary reason was that there was no need for the project. The state’s overly optimistic population projections—on which the Authority relied to justify the reservoir—did not pan out as officials initially [...]

By |September 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

In-stream ‘Trash Traps’ collect litter pollution before it reaches the river

Proctor Creek, which begins in downtown Atlanta and flows west to the Chattahoochee River, has long suffered from stormwater carrying litter and illegal dumping of trash and tires. Two Litter Gitters, which serve to collect the trash pollution, are now located near Maddox Park and Boyd Elementary School off of Johnson Road. The Litter Gitter is designed and installed by Osprey Initiative, a company led by owner and founder Don Bates. During his 25-year career in environmental consulting, Bates found himself cleaning the same stream site repeatedly. So he built and tested the Litter Gitter with the hope that [...]

By |September 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments