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

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|2 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