In the stunningly-shot, award-winning documentary film Who Owns Water, brothers Michael and David Hanson return to the source of their childhood river and paddle it to the Gulf of Mexico to take you deep into the Water Wars. Recently I finally had a ch… Read more »
Ben works to engage communities to secure sustainable water supplies through water efficiency and other low-impact water supply solutions. His work focuses on Georgia’s upper Flint River basin, where he works to restore and protect healthy river flows in the Flint River through sustainable water use practices.
Ben joined American Rivers in 2011. Prior to that he worked for the Altamaha Riverkeeper as its Oconee River Project Director, based in Athens, Georgia. Ben’s work in the Oconee River basin included advocacy and outreach with local governments and businesses on water conservation and efficiency, watershed protection, smart land use planning and promoting river access and recreation.
In 2010, he helped spearhead a community response to a severe toxic chemical spill in Athens’ Trail Creek following a fire at a local chemical plant. During his time with ARK, Ben also worked for the statewide Georgia River Network. Prior to that, he was the news editor at Athens’ alternative newsweekly, Flagpole Magazine, and was part of a river study project called the Georgia River Survey.
B.A. in English from the University of GeorgiaOconee River
Blog Posts By This Author
When Georgia’s Flint River appeared on our America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013 list, American Rivers and our allies were in the middle of a legislative battle that spanned two full sessions of the Georgia General Assembly. It was a long, hard figh… Read more »
Fly fishing in Flint River, GA| Chris Funk American Rivers’ work to keep Georgia’s Flint River free-flowing and to restore healthy flows in the Flint – especially to keep it from running dry in drought years – supports the preservation of this spectacu… Read more »
This is a guest blog from Gordon Rogers, Riverkeeper and Executive Director at Flint Riverkeeper. Low water in the Flint River at Albany, GA | © Flint Riverkeeper Six months ago, when American Rivers listed the Flint in the #2 spot on the America’… Read more »
The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin needs open transparent negotiations to save the Apalachicola Bay ecosystem | © Alan Cressler It’s been a surprisingly rainy summer here in the Southeast, but the relief from our latest drought… Read more »
Snipe Shoals on the Flint River, GA | © Stan Lumsden April has been a busy month at American Rivers, with the release of our annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report. As you may have noticed, many of the rivers spotlighted on this year’s l… Read more »
Middle Oconee River, GA drought in October 2007 | Ben Emanuel Here in Georgia, it’s been a cool, wet spring so far. That’s an especially good thing after drought conditions last year that were as severe here as anywhere in the country. But… Read more »
Our new Money Pit report makes the argument that Southeastern communities don’t need to turn immediately to building new reservoirs in order to secure their future water supply – instead, new reservoirs should be the last option on the list. The… Read more »
American Rivers’ new Money Pit report shines a spotlight on recent water supply reservoir projects that have left local communities in Georgia burdened by the expense and debt from building, or trying to build, these major water infrastructure pr… Read more »
As a sizzler of a summer descends on the Southeast and prolonged drought again grips much of the region, debate over the region’s future water supply is as hot a topic as ever. In many communities, the approach to seeking future water supply is a… Read more »