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 [...]

By |September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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

Unique and Sacred Site Saved from Industrial Development

Good news came in February 2021 when Norfolk Southern announced that it was withdrawing plans to build a rail yard on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. In the years leading up to this announcement, the Chattahoochee Brick Company site, which lies along the banks of the Chattahoochee River at the confluence of Proctor Creek, had been considered for both a fuel and rail terminal. During those years, residents, historians, elected officials, and river advocates argued that the Chattahoochee Brick site should instead be preserved for its ecological value and to memorialize the lives that suffered during the 19th [...]

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

Reflections: The Future of the River Depends on Us All

A high-level view of our mission is simple – to ensure enough, clean water for current and future generations. To accomplish this mission, we interact with government agencies, partner non-profit organizations, corporations, stakeholders, and community members. But to be truly effective, I have learned that we must take a step back periodically to reevaluate our programs and to ask if we are including all community members in our goal of protecting the Chattahoochee River. For the past 27 years, CRK has worked throughout the Chattahoochee watershed from Helen to Florida, engaging and collaborating with a variety of groups with [...]

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

Faces of the Chattahoochee: Keith Sharp of RiverWalk Atlanta

Keith Sharp has long resided in Atlanta’s river-adjacent Riverside community where he and his wife, ‘Riverside Kate,’ developed their love for the Chattahoochee and local advocacy. For the past six years, Keith’s organization called RiverWalk Atlanta has been clearing brush and encouraging Atlanta to discover its “river-side.” The group hopes to be a catalyst for paths, campsites, and boat launches along the river. “RiverWalk’s vision of a five-mile trail is incorporated into the larger Chattahoochee RiverLands project, which aims to connect 100 miles of riverside through greenways and river access,” said Keith. “We’re poised to have a public access [...]

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

Georgia Power’s Dangerous Legacy Along the Chattahoochee

Coal ash is what’s left behind after burning coal to produce electricity, and it’s toxic. For decades, Georgia Power has allowed more than 80 million tons of this waste to accumulate at coal-fired power plants across the state. Toxic coal ash contains dangerous heavy metals and carcinogens, including some that have been linked to negative human health impacts. If left unaddressed, approximately 50 million tons of toxic coal ash will be left in unlined pits near Georgia rivers; 30 million tons of which will be along the Chattahoochee, threatening water supplies and aquatic life around Plant McDonough-Atkinson in Cobb [...]

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