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

Clean Water Keeps People Healthy, so We’re Still Hard at Work.

Like people across the world, CRK is closely monitoring the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. While we’ve instituted teleworking for our staff, postponed our annual Sweep the Hooch cleanup to August 29, and put many of volunteer programs on hold, we’re still working diligently to ensure that the water people depend on for hand washing and more stays protected. Even though we may not be able to be together in person, there are still plenty of ways to get involved and make sure our river stays safe: Stay in touch.  Our staff will continue to protect the watershed, but [...]

By |March 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Three Dams on the Chattahoochee to be Removed

In late 2018, Southern Company and Georgia Power announced plans to surrender their Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licenses to generate hydropower at the Langdale, Crow Hop and Riverview dams on the Chattahoochee River in Valley, Alabama. At the end of this public process, the dams—three of six located between West Point and Columbus—will be partially or completely removed. Why does Georgia Power want to remove dams? At the top of the list: the low head dams—built in 1906 to power nearby factories—have outlived their purpose. The West Point Manufacturing Company initially built the structures and powerhouses but sold the [...]

By |March 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

North Fulton County Launches Major Sewage Projects

For years, residents along Azalea Drive and Riverside Road in North Fulton County have anxiously watched the weather. Heavy rains in the area have meant sewage spills along Big Creek and the Chattahoochee. The creek is prone to flooding, and when it spills over its banks, rainwater surges through manhole covers into sewage pipes, which causes overflows and overwhelms the County’s treatment plant downstream. Not only are these floodwaters unsightly, but sewage spills often lead to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. When exposed to E. coli-contaminated water, people can develop rashes, eye infections, gastrointestinal distress and a host [...]

By |March 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Critter Corner: American Alligator

During our year-long River Relay, CRK staff members traversing the river from its headwaters to its terminus encountered sights not often seen by other river users. As our CRK team pulled up to a boat ramp at Walter F. George Dam in December 2019, a yellow sign read “Caution – Alligators May Be Present.” This is not a usual sight at parks and boat ramps lining the upper and middle sections of the Chattahoochee, where our field work has been most active during the past 26 years. The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) lives in the swamps, marshes, rivers, ponds [...]

By |March 12th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

The Lake Lanier Equation

Lake Lanier—formed in 1956 by the construction of Buford Dam and beginning around 50 miles south of the Chattahoochee's source spring — is critical to the region's health. The lake provides drinking water for more than five million people and 70 percent of Metro Atlanta residents. Few if any large metropolitan area water supply sources are situated so far north in a river system. It is projected that by 2050 the Metro Atlanta area will grow by 2.9 million people, dramatically increasing the demand on the river for water supply. With these statistics in mind, the importance of maintaining [...]

By |March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments