One year later, Georgia’s clean water supply benefits from stimulus spending

Washington, DC – Communities across Georgia are reaping the benefits of federal economic stimulus funds, one year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. American Rivers helped secure the $6 billion for clean water and drinking water, including specific funding for green infrastructure and water efficiency. American Rivers has done… Read more »

Smart Infrastructure Investments Will Boost Jobs, Quality of Life

Water. What could be more important and fundamental to our health, and our lives? Clean water is the lifeblood of our communities, yet our nation’s water infrastructure — our drinking water and wastewater systems, dams and levees — are woefully outdated. Consider: According to the EPA, an estimated 1.8 million to 3.5 million people get… Read more »

Water Efficiency in the Southeast

Local governments are uniquely positioned to manage municipal water use.  American Rivers has been working with communities across the Southeast to adopt policies that increase water efficiency and decrease water waste.  These policies are outlined in our report, Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast.  Communities like Atlanta, GA, Charlotte,… Read more »

Moving forward for a healthy Flint River

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 fight, but in the end, Flint Riverkeeper and many Georgia Water Coalition partners including… Read more »

American Rivers names GA’s Clayton County one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Clayton County, Georgia as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. The county was chosen for its innovative water recycling system. The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for a changing climate,” comes as… Read more »

Supporting Agricultural Conservation Programs

The intensification of farming has artificially drained and compacted the land increasing flooding throughout the nation.  In fact, runoff from farms is the leading source of impairments to surveyed rivers and lakes and is a major contributor to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia problem. Although these challenges are real, the conservation programs under NRCS continue… Read more »

The Permitting Process for Water Supply Reservoirs

The construction of water supply reservoir projects requires a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for “the discharge of the dredged or fill material in waters of the U.S.” resulting from building the dam and control structures. EPA and the Corps of Engineers’ responsibility in the Section 404 permit process is to ensure that any… Read more »

State Court Ruling Clarifies All Georgia Waters Protected by Buffers

Wetlands | Nicholas Tonelli Atlanta, Ga. —The Georgia Court of Appeals sided with conservation groups yesterday and ruled that all state waters are protected under Georgia law by a 25-foot vegetative buffer. The decision overrules the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) policy that only some state waters are protected by the Erosion and Sedimentation Act’s buffer… Read more »

Two Cheers For The Hooch!

Take Action to Protect theChattahoochee River Tell the Army Corps of Engineers to deny permits for the Glades and Bear Creek reservoirs! Continuing our spotlight on America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2012, today is Chattahoochee River Day!  In celebration, I wanted to share a story about my recent trip down the Chattahoochee, affectionately known by… Read more »