What do our trash traps really trap? Chattahoochee Riverkeeper takes a deep dive into the effectiveness of in-stream Litter Gitters

Nearly everyone that has ventured into our region’s recreational areas has noticed a bit of trash around trails and parking lots; but what many fail to realize is that trash littered on land will inevitably make its way into our storm drains and on toward our rivers and lakes. Approximately one year ago, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper launched our first in-stream trash collecting device designed to filter and stop garbage from making its way into the Chattahoochee River. Now, our 12-month Litter Gitter Pilot Program has come to an end, and the results may have important implications for our watershed and [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Unusual legislative session yields victories for Georgia’s environment

Each year, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper joins its partners in the Georgia Water Coalition (GWC) to advocate for Georgia’s waterways before the Georgia General Assembly. We spend time at the Capitol advocating for new laws that will protect our environment and fighting against rollbacks that will degrade our water quality. We lobby our legislators and engage our members to use their voices to reach their own lawmakers. Below is a brief rundown of our biggest successes in 2020. Coal ash legislation passes! Since 2015, CRK has been advocating for greater protections for our waterways against the threats posted by toxic coal [...]

By |July 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Solves Sediment Pollution of Oseligee Creek

In October of 2018, during a routine drone flyover of the Chattahoochee River, CRK staff  noticed something unusual in Oseligee Creek, just northwest of West Point, Ga. A large plume of muddy water was flowing into the Chattahoochee River upstream of the drinking water intake for the City of West Point, who had earlier noted problems in its drinking water treatment caused by excessive sediment in the water. CRK tracked the source of sedimentation upstream to a 1,100-acre construction site in Lafayette, Al. Our further investigation revealed the site was being converted from timber land to a large-scale solar installation owned [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

On the lake with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

After weeks of being cooped up inside during the initial onset of the global pandemic, Headwaters Director Dale Caldwell took advantage of a beautiful spring day to get out on Lake Lanier, collect some water samples, and check up on the health of this important waterway. Here’s what he saw: After months of abundant rainfall in the region, we continue to observe navigational hazards in the form of large vegetative debris in both the Chattahoochee and Chestatee River channels, and the main body of Lake Lanier. With heavy rains also comes trash from stormwater runoff. Three-dimensional flow and the [...]

By |May 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Future of the Water Wars: Spring 2020 Update and CRK’s Take

For 30 years, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida have fought over the use of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin (ACF), which is heavily influenced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ operation of Lake Lanier’s Buford Dam. Lake Lanier lies within the Chattahoochee’s headwaters, just north of Atlanta. On December 11, 2019 and in the most recent “water wars” episode, a Special Master issued a recommendation to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Florida v. Georgia legal case. In plain terms, the recommendation says the court should drop Florida’s latest volley. In legal terms, Florida failed to make a compelling legal argument [...]

By |April 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

On Patrol: Our Programs at Work

While CRK’s group cleanups and public events are postponed, staff is still busy collecting water samples, picking up litter, and holding polluters accountable. Here are four programmatic projects undertaken in the last year, each a great example of the kind of work we do everyday to protect the Chattahoochee River. Exxon Spill A Hotline caller alerted CRK that an underground fuel tank at the Exxon station on West Paces Ferry was leaking into Nancy Creek. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) immediately responded by requiring the station owner to contain the flow of gasoline into the creek and seek [...]

By |April 6th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments