Directory of Georgia Watershed Groups

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Fayette Water Guardians

Flint Riverkeeper

Friends of Barber Creek

Friends of South Newport River

Fulton County Public Works Water Services Division

Georgia Adopt-A-Stream

Georgia Canoeing Association

Georgia Conservancy

Georgia Land Conservation Center

Georgia Lakes Society

Georgia Land Trust

Georgia River Network

Georgia Water Coalition

Georgia Wildlife Federation

Glynn Environmental Coalition

GreenLaw 

Gwinnett Adopt-A-Stream

High Falls Towaliga Watershed Alliance

Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition, Inc

Intrenchment Creek Coalition

Jackson Lake Homeowners' Association

Keeping It Wild

 

Fayette Water Guardians
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Flint Riverkeeper
211 North Jefferson Street, Suite 8
Albany, GA 31707
Phone: 229-435-2241
www.flintriverkeeper.org
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Contact:
Gordon Rogers, Executive Director & Riverkeeper
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Watershed Information
Basin: Flint River (Headwaters to Confluence with the Chattahoochee)

Mission:
The mission of the Flint Riverkeeper is to restore and preserve the habitat, water quality and flow of the Flint River for the benefit of current and future generations and dependent wildlife.

Founded: 2008

Friends of Barber Creek
1050 Scott Terrace
Athens, GA 30606

www.barbercreek.org

Contact:
Lee Becker, President
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Watershed Information
Basin: Oconee River

Friends of South Newport River
1001 River Plantation Place, NE
Townsend, GA 31331
Phone: 912-832-5420
www.friendsofsouthnewport.org

Contact:
Robert Emerson, III
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Watershed Information
Basin: Coastal Georgia

Mission:
To restore Georgia's South Newport River to health by reestablishing her historic riverbed and redeveloping eroded salt marsh for the long term benefit of fish, wildlife, and public recreation.

Issues:
Erosion and sedimentation, Preserving public access and safe river navigation, Increase public awareness of river issues and support, Develop Paddle Trail interface with the Coastal Blueway Trail, Help development of scientific coastal restoration methods and standards

Participation in Monitoring: No
Advocacy Organization: No
Paid Staff: 0
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Members: 240
Founded: 2009

Fulton County Public Works Water Services Division
141 Pryor St, Suite 6001
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-612-8006
Fax: 404-335-5250
www.fultoncountyga.gov/pw-water-services/2848-education-outreach

Contact:
Sharon Smith, Environmental Education Coordinator
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Watershed Information
Basin: Little River, Chattahoochee River, and Flint River
Streams: Little River, Chattahoochee River, and Flint River and all tributaries within Fulton County

Mission:
The mission of the Division of Environment is the protection of public health and the environment. The Division is organized into four operating units: Office of Environmental Affairs, Erosion and Sedimentation Enforcement, Code Enforcement, and a Court Liaison. The Environment Division is responsible for coordinating environmental issues within unincorporated Fulton County, along with conducting a number of regulatory functions. In addition, the Division administers other programs to educate the public, lessen non-point source pollution, and evaluate environmental conditions across the County.

Activities:
Volunteer stream monitoring through the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program, water conservation program, storm drain marking, stream and river clean ups, workshops for teachers and citizens, water festivals, and special events

Issues:
nonpoint source pollution and water conservation

Assistance Provided by the Group:
Provide information about various environmental issues, conduct training workshops for citizen volunteers, help organize community events, and serve as a point of contact for reporting environmental problems or violations.

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: No
Founded: 1995

Georgia Adopt-A-Stream
2 MLK Jr. Dr. Suite 1462 E
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: 404-463-1464
Fax: 404-675-6245
www.georgiaadoptastream.org

Contact:
Harold Harbert
Phone: 404-651-8514
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Watershed Information
Basin: Georgia
Streams: All Georgia streams, creeks, rivers and tributaries
Size of Watershed:

Mission:
Increase public awareness of the state's nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues, Provide citizens with the tools and training to evaluate and protect their local waterways, Encourage partnerships between citizens and their local government, Collect quality baseline water quality data.

Activities:
education, monitoring, cleanups, workshops, water quality database

Issues:
Water quality and nonpoint source pollution education and outreach

Successes:
Rivers Alive annual river cleanup, Corridors Citizen Riparian Network, thousands of volunteers trained yearly

Assistance Provided by the Group:
education, funding, partnerships, watershed organizing, networking, data collection and analysis

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: No
Paid Staff: 2
Number of Paying Members: 0
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1993

Georgia Canoeing Association
PO Box 7023
Atlanta, GA 30357

770-529-7103
www.gapaddle.com

Contact:
William Gatling
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Mission: 
Unite persons interested in canoeing in the watersheds and coastal waters of Georgia and contiguous states and to provide informational, educational and training services to increase the safety, enjoyment, and skills of those canoeing in this region.

Activities:
education, litigation, clean-up, getting people out on rivers and making that the safest and most enjoyable experience possible.

Issues:
dams, rights of passage, water quantity, water quality

Successes:
Establishing paddle trails on the Ocmulgee and Etowah rivers. Training dozens of new and experienced paddlers each year. Organizing and coordinating paddling trips every weekend and some weekdays.  Active participation in the Georgia Water Coalition and its advocacy.

Assistance Provided by the Group:
organize paddling trips, train paddlers

Participation in Monitoring: No
Advocacy Organization: Yes
Paid Staff: 0
Number of Paying Members: 5004
Non-Profit Status: 501c4
Founded: 1968


Georgia Conservancy
817 West Peachtree Street
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-876-2900
Fax: 404-872-9229
www.gaconservancy.org

Contact: 
Robert Ramsay
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Mission:
Georgia Conservancy is a statewide environmental organization. Our job is to make sure that Georgians have healthy air, clean water, unspoiled wild places and community green space now and in the future.

Founded: 1967

Georgia Lakes Society
PO Box 440994
Kennesaw, GA 30160
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www.georgialakes.org
www.nalms.org/affiliate-members

Contacts:
Mark Johnson
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Dr. Marty Williams
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Watershed Information
Basin: All watersheds in Georgia

Mission:
To promote the understanding, protection, restoration and management of lakes, reservoirs, wetlands and their watersheds. We help people protect their lakes with the Adopt-A-Lake program and watershed and lake education.

Activities:
Annual meeting that is held at different locations around the state. Management of the Adopt A Lake program, a program run in
partnership with the Adopt A Stream program of EPD.

Issues:
Erosion, pollution, education

Successes:
Volunteer monitoring groups are in place on reservoirs that vary in size from that of Lake Lanier to small ponds in subdivisions. The success of these programs helps maintain the health of the whole watershed, not just the lake.

Assistance Provided by the Group:
Education, Training for the Adopt a Lake Program

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: No
Paid Staff: 0
Number of Paying Members: 80
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1991 as the Georgia Lake Management Society. In 1998, the name was changed to Georgia Lakes Society and
became incorporated separately from the parent organization, NALMS (North American Lake Management Society), with whom we are still affiliated. 

Georgia Land Conservation Center
170 Security Cir, Ste. 106
Athens, Georgia 30605
Phone: 706-546-7507
www.galandcc.com

Contact:
Hans Neuhauser, Executive Director
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Watershed Information
Basin: Georgia

Mission:
Dedicated to the development of proactive strategies for a healthy environment.

Activities:
Research, education, and funding

Issues:
Stream and wetlands mitigation

Successes:
Establishment of a stream in lieu fee mitigation program providing funds to The Nature Conservancy to buy wetlands on the Altamaha.

Assistance Provided by the Group:
Funding for wetlands and stream acquisition, Facilitation, Strategic planning, Conservation easement information, Land trust information

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: Yes
Paid Staff: 1.5
Number of Paying Members:
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1993

Georgia Land Trust
226 Old Ladiga Rd.
Piedmont, AL 36272
Phone: 256-447-1006
Fax: 256-447-0008
www.galandtrust.org

Contact:
Katherine Eddins, Executive Director
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Watershed Information
Basin: GeorgiaMission:

To protect land for present and future generations.

Activities:
Seminars on conservation easements to attorneys, accountants, tax consultants and foresters for 3.5 hours of Continuing Education credit.

Issues:
Erosion

Successes:
Placed conservation easement on a 1,955-acre tract protecting the headwaters of the Paint Rock river in Jackson County, Alabama.

Assistance Provided by the Group:
Education

Participation in Monitoring: No
Advocacy Organization: No
Paid Staff: 7
Number of Paying Members: 150
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1994

Georgia River Network
126 South Milledge Avenue
Suite E3
Athens, Georgia 30605
Phone: 706-549-4508
Fax: 706-549-7791
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www.garivers.org

Contact:
Dana Skelton, Interim Executive Director
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Watershed Information
Basin: Georgia
Size of Watershed: The entire State

Mission:
Georgia River Network is a statewide, non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of Georgia's waters. We help people organize to protect and restore rivers and watersheds by building local watershed group capacity and providing statewide policy analysis.

Activities:
Education, litigation, policy analysis

Issues:
Reservoirs, in-stream flow, and public participation

Successes:
We have held two very successful annual conferences for watershed group leaders from around Georgia. We have also co-hosted a media skills workshop, a TMDL primer workshop, and assisted with other training sessions. We are helping eight groups either with formation or strategic planning.

Assistance Provided by the Group:
We provide a range of services for organizations, from meeting facilitation, strategic planning, and board training to issue and skill based sessions.

Participation in Monitoring: No
Advocacy Organization: Yes
Paid Staff: 7
Number of Paying Members:
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1998

Georgia Water Coalition
c/o Georgia River Network
126 S. Milledge Ave., Ste. E3
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: 706-549-4508
Fax: 706-549-7791
www.gawater.org

Contact:
Chris Manganiello, Georgia River Network
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Watershed Information
Basin: Statewide

Mission:
The Georgia Water Coalition is an alliance of over 150 partners committed to ensuring that water is managed fairly for all Georgians and protected for future generations.

Founded: 2002

Georgia Wildlife Federation
11600 Hazelbrand Rd., NE
Covington, GA 30014-1059
Phone: 770-787-7887
Fax: 770-787-9229
www.gwf.org

Contact:
Gina Rogers
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Watershed Information
Basin: Statewide

Mission:
To encourage the intelligent management of the life sustaining resources of the earth - its essential water resources - its protective forests and plant life - and its dependent wildlife - and to promote and encourage the knowledge and appreciation of these resources, their interrelationship and wise use, without which there can be little hope for a continuing abundant life.

Founded: 1936

Glynn Environmental Coalition
PO Box 2443
Brunswick, GA 31521
Phone: 912-466-0934
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www.glynnenvironmental.org

Watershed Information
Basin: Coastal

Mission:
Working For A Clean Environment and Healthy Economy For Coastal Georgia
 

GreenLaw 
State Bar of Georgia Building
104 Marietta St. NW, Ste. 430
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: 404-659-3122
Fax: 404-522-5290
www.greenlaw.org

Contact:
David Paule, Executive Director
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Watershed Information
Basin: Georgia
Streams: All within the state

Mission:
GreenLaw is dedicated to preventing air and water pollution that endangers human health and degrades Georgia’s natural resources. GreenLaw achieves these goals by providing free high quality legal and technical assistance to environmental organizations and community groups throughout Georgia. By providing these critical services, GreenLaw succeeds in compelling government and industry to take the steps necessary to protect Georgia’s citizens and the environment. In all its work, GreenLaw champions the belief that every Georgian, young and old, rich and poor, has the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, live in healthy communities, and enjoy our state’s natural beauty.

Activities:
monitoring, litigation, education

Issues:
water quality and quantity

Successes:
major successes in getting npdes permitees to comply with their permits,
success in getting stricter water quality regulations

Assistance Provided by the Group:
advise on water/air quality concerns, represent others in lawsuits and legal challenges

Advocacy Organization: Yes
Paid Staff: 7
Non-Profit Status: 501c3

Gwinnett Adopt-A-Stream
Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
2020 Clean Water Drive
Buford, GA 30519
Phone: 770-904-3500
Fax: 770-932-3041

Watershed Information
Basin: Chattahoochee, Ocmulgee, & Oconee Rivers
Streams: All within Gwinnett County
Size of Watershed: 433 square miles

Mission:
To promote water quality awareness through education and community service in order to preserve the environment.

Activities:
education, volunteer monitoring

Issues:
non-point source pollution

Successes:
Support from Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources. Our ability to build working relationships with the community.

Assistance Provided by the Group:
We provide educational workshops/training, all equipment needed to perform stream cleanups. We supply all written materials.

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: No
Paid Staff: 1
Founded: 1991
 

High Falls Lake Towaliga Watershed Alliance
PO Box 796
Jackson, GA 30233
Phone: 478-992-9063

Contact:
Bud Queen
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Watershed Information
Basin: Ocmulgee River
Streams: Towaliga River and High Falls Lake
Size of Watershed: 200 square miles

Mission:
The purpose and objectives of this Association are to identify and resolve environmental and safety issues, to improve and protect High Falls Lake and its watershed, to interact with local, state and federal agencies to preserve High Falls Lake and its environs, to promote fellowship, education and communication, and to improve the quality of life for our members and area residents.

Activities:
Education, Monitoring, Clean Up

Issues:
Water quality, quantity, industrial and urban development

Successes:
Organizational growth, outreach program, training programs

Assistance Provided by the Group:
Training, sharing experiences

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: Yes
Paid Staff: 0
Number of Paying Members: 130-200
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 2004
Updated September 20, 2005
 

Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition, Inc
PO Box 889
Murphy, NC 28906
Phone: 828-837-5414
www.hrwc.net

Contact:
Callie Moore
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Watershed Information
Basin: Hiwassee River
Streams: Hiwassee River and tributaries -- Brasstown Creek, Valley River, Nottely River are the larger ones.
Size of Watershed: 1024 square miles

Mission:
The purpose of the Coalition is to facilitate and coordinate water quality efforts throughout the watershed, across unnatural boundaries, while still honoring local initiatives. As growth and development rapidly increase, the Coalition is promoting and encouraging quality growth and quality development in order to maintain a quality environment for the future.

Activities:
Streambank and stream restoration, education, monitoring

Issues:
Construction, road way and agriculture, non-point source, erosion and sedimentation

Successes:
Awarded $2.1 million and $400,000 grants from the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund to work on stream restoration in the Brasstown Creek and Valley River watersheds, respectively.

Assistance Provided by the Group:
Available for consultation on successes and failures.

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: No
Paid Staff: 2 Full Time
Number of Paying Members: 125
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1994
Updated September 7, 2004

Intrenchment Creek Coalition
850 Mercer Street, SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Phone: 678-886-8666

Contact:
Steve Carr

Watershed Information
Basin: Ocmulgee River

Jackson Lake Homeowners' Association
PO Box 795
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-6232
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www.jlha.org

Contact:
Bob McGrath, President

Watershed Information
Basin: Ocmulgee River

Keeping It Wild
817 West Peachtree Street, NW
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 678-904-2200
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Watershed Information
Basin: Statewide

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