Save Chattahoochee Parks
We should be doing everything we can to protect the parks along the Chattahoochee. But some in Congress want to eliminate funding for our most successful parks and open space program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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.
- For 50 years, we’ve relied on the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help create and protect parks along the Chattahoochee River, which provides drinking water for 70 percent of metro Atlanta.
- If certain members of Congress get their way, the program will expire next year, leaving nearly half the land that was intended to be protected as greenspace open to development.
- Thanks to support from people like you, Environment Georgia gets results. Recently, we helped win new protections for the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Appalachian Trail.