Preserving Green Space and Protecting the Flint River
Today’s guest blog about the #2 Flint River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Pam Young, the Executive Director of the Southern Conservation Trust. The Southern Conservation Trust is a land trust based in Peachtree City, Georgia. Pam tells us why the Flint River system matters in her work.
As the director of a land trust in the Southern Crescent area of Metropolitan Atlanta, I see first-hand the need for a healthy natural environment in my community. Since 1993, we at Southern Conservation Trust have worked diligently to preserve and protect farms and forests, environmentally sensitive land, valuable wildlife habitat, and scenic green space in the fast-growing counties south of metro Atlanta.
The communities where we work— from South Fulton County through Clayton, Fayette, Coweta, and Meriwether counties— are in the headwaters of the Flint River Basin. That means that what we do here is especially important to the health of the whole river system. And it’s why we have been thrilled to work with American Rivers, Flint Riverkeeper, and Covey Rise Plantation to shine a spotlight on the low-flow problems throughout the Flint River system as part of this year’s America’s Most Endangered Rivers® list. Preserving our land and protecting our water go hand in hand.
Some of the most important conservation lands that our organization owns or manages are along the Flint River’s headwater streams: Flat Creek, Line Creek, Whitewater Creek, and others. By preserving the beautiful forests and wetlands along these streams, we and our volunteers and donors are proud to be helping preserve water quality and healthy flows in the Flint River system. When residents in our community visit these natural spaces, I know that they can connect with the rivers and streams and be reminded that we have to protect these vital resources.
These are the streams that help make up the Flint River, and they are just as important to communities here in North Georgia as I know the Flint River is to our neighbors downstream in Southwest Georgia.
That’s why we stand with our partner organizations in calling for measures to protect healthy flows in the Flint and its tributary streams, all the way from Metro Atlanta to the Florida state line. Along with our partners, we’re going to keep working to educate residents in our community on the values of a vibrant river system. Our organization works every day to leave a lasting legacy of healthy, natural open spaces for our children and grandchildren. We want future generations to have a healthy river, too!
Lend your voice to this effort to protect the Flint! If you live in Georgia, tell the Governor and Members of the General Assembly to properly manage water in the Flint River basin for the benefit of all water users and the health of the river system!