Conservation and Stewardship
Individuals or groups can adopt a water trail or a section of a water trail (similar to adopt-a-highway programs). Volunteers monitor and report on water quality conditions on the trail using Georgia Adopt A Stream's volunteer monitoring program.
The Environmental Protection Agency's "How's my Waterway" app and website helps you find information on the condition of your local waterways, what's being done to protect and restore those waterways, and what you can do to help. And now, How's My Waterway lets people find out even more about their local waterways. The new features include search results color-coded by condition, local information on watersheds, a watershed locator tool, and options to look up dischargers regulated by permits and individual runoff control projects for a specific waterway. To view the app, visit: http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway
Land protection initiatives can increase wildlife habitat and provide viewing opportunities. Local protections that help keep the river clean can include improved zoning and buffer requirements, improved storm water practices, prevention of new water quality threats, and enforcement of water quality laws.
Removing dams that no longer make sense will secure natural river flows, remove recreational safety hazards, and improve access to the river.
There are also several protections that you could petition for your waterway or water trail. Please visit this section if you are interested in applying for more permanent river protection in Georgia. We are also happy to give you more information about these designations, so feel free to contact us with any questions!!