Getting the Lead Out of Georgia’s Schools

Have you ever turned on the tap at the sink and not had water come out? It’s a true feeling of powerlessness. You might have the resources to make do without water for a few hours or a maybe even a day, but many people living in urban and rural parts of the Chattahoochee River basin have lived without water for much longer, sometimes years - until they found help. Access to safe drinking water is not a given. In the state of Georgia, there are three programs that help qualified residents gain or sustain access to safe drinking [...]

By |January 10th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Where we come from: A look at the Chattahoochee River and Native American History

Just as the word “Chattahoochee” originates from the Creek/Muskogee word meaning painted rock, the resource we know as the Chattahoochee River today was first significant to many indigenous Americans tribes. In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, here are some sites along the Chattahoochee River that pay tribute to the rich traditions of indigenous cultures. Nacoochee Indian Mound Heading into Helen, Georgia from the east, it’s hard to miss Nacoochee Indian Mound, which sits just a few miles away from the Chattahoochee River. The Indian mound dates back more than 1000 years, [...]

By |November 19th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

US Census Emphasizes Chattahoochee River’s Value

A lot of conversation about Georgia’s growing population has focused on what the change will mean for “redistricting,” or how boundary lines will change future elections and political races. The population changes also have implications for Georgia’s water resources, which we all have an obligation to use wisely and responsibly. The 2020 US Census tells us that about half of Georgia’s new population depends on the Chattahoochee River, Lake Lanier, West Point Lake, and Lake Oliver for drinking water. For the sake of round numbers, between US Census years 2010 and 2020, the entire state of Georgia gained an [...]

By |October 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

BacteriALERT program celebrates 20 years

BacteriAlert is a one of a kind, real-time bacteria monitoring program operated as a partnership between CRK, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the National Parks Service (NPS). Together, we have now been collecting data from the Chattahoochee River for past 20 years. In that time, researchers have noticed a dependable pattern in the data - when it rains, stormwater washes pollutants into the river and bacteria levels rise. These spikes of bacteria can put people that recreate in the river at risk of getting sick. Traditional tests for the bacteria levels have a turnaround time of 18-24 hours – [...]

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

Georgia’s “Obligation” in the Water Wars

On April 1, 2021, another chapter in the long running “water wars” concluded after eight years and tens of millions of dollars spent. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 9-0 opinion that Florida failed to make a compelling legal argument or provide sufficient evidence that Georgia uses too much of the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers’ water. The court did not agree that any harm to the Sunshine State’s oyster population could be traced to the Peach State’s water use. Georgia’s ‘win’ in this legal round comes with two important lessons from the Florida v. Georgia opinion. First, the [...]

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

Pressing for Improvements in Columbus Combined Sewer Treatment

The Chattahoochee River has experienced remarkable change since the turn of the century. Because of significant improvements in water quality as cities like Atlanta invested billions to upgrade sewer collection and treatment systems in the river upstream, downstream communities including Columbus enjoy this reinvigorated resource. The improved water quality, dam removals, and a highly successful whitewater course and RiverWalk promenade have all changed the way people use and enjoy the Chattahoochee River in Columbus. Each month, there are thousands of people fishing, rafting, and kayaking in the river in downtown Columbus. But an aging wastewater treatment system poses a [...]

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