An oasis in metropolitan Atlanta

The string of parks that runs along the Chattahoochee River provides a natural oasis just outside the city for runners, birdwatchers, anglers and anyone looking for a breath of fresh air. But these parks aren’t just great places to get away from it all: They also play a critical role in buffering the river, Atlanta’s largest source of drinking water, from pollution.

Development is encroaching

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, managed by the National Park Service, is surrounded by private property and highly vulnerable to developers who see the riverfront property as prime real estate. Instead of helping
Atlanta protect the parks, some in Congress are moving to decimate the program set up to protect parks like these. If we’re going to win the race against the bulldozers, we need people like Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson to fight for the parks we love.

Taking a stand against sprawl

The program under attack is called the Land and Water Conservation Fund. For 50 years, communities like ours have used the law to help create parks and protect places like greenspace along the Chattahoochee. But if certain members of Congress get their way, the program will expire next year.

The Chattahoochee River is vitally important to Atlanta. The river provides 3.5 million people with drinking water. The parks that run alongside the river help keep this drinking water clean and are among the last remaining pockets of undeveloped greenspace in the face of the constantly expanding urban sprawl of Atlanta.

With your support, we can win

With your help, we can ensure that this critical conservation program gets the funding it needs to protect the parks along the Chattahoochee for good.

Preservation updates

News Release | Environment Georgia

Obama Administration Drops Plans for Drilling off Georgia’s Coast

Georgia’s coast and other Atlantic Coast communities won a major victory today, when the Obama administration abandoned its plans to open the southern Atlantic to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades.

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News Release | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Georgia Designates First ‘Outstanding’ River

Atlanta, GA—Georgia’s Board of Natural Resources passed a rule change Wed. morning that designates the headwaters of the Conasauga River as Georgia’s first ‘Outstanding National Resource Water’ (ONRW). The designation is the highest level of protection, identified in the Clean Water Act. Georgia is the only state in the Southeast, except for Mississippi, that had not designated an ONRW. Environment Georgia first petitioned the state for an ONRW in 2007.

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News Release | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Georgia One Step Closer to First ‘Outstanding’ River

The Conasauga River would be the first river in the state to receive the status of ‘Outstanding National Resource Water’ (ONRW), the highest level of protection identified in the Clean Water Act, if the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) finalizes a proposal that was unveiled today at Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources Board Meeting. The designation would be made official as part of Georgia’s triennial review of water quality standard and is the culmination of an eight year campaign that was launched when Environment Georgia first petitioned the state for an ONRW in 2007.

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Report | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Shelter from the Storm

Wetlands are more than just scenic parts of America’s natural landscape. They are also home to wildlife and perform many vital functions that protect the health of our waterways and communities. By trapping sediment and filtering excess nutrients and pollutants out of the water that flows through them, wetlands support water quality.

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News Release | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Georgia Wetlands are ‘Shelter from the Storm’

Macon, GA - Enough wetlands remain in the flood-prone areas of Georgia to hold enough rain to cover Macon in nearly three feet of water, according to a new report by Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center.

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