Georgia Watershed Group Directory

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Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority

Lake Blackshear Watershed Association

Lake Burton Civic Association

Lake Lanier Association

Lake Oconee Water Watch

Line Creek Association of Fayette County

Little Nancy Creek Watershed Alliance

Little River Valley Association

Mainspring Conservation Trust

Ocmulgee River Initiative

Ochlockonee River Water Trail Group

Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Inc.

River Line Historic Area

Rock Creek Watershed Alliance

 

Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority
PO Box 456
Acworth, Georgia 30101
Phone: 404-791-5071
www.allatoona.org

Watershed Information
Basin: Etowah River
Streams: All within the Lake Allatoona Watershed. Main stream is the Etowah River.
Size of Watershed: 1100 Square Miles - 700,000 acres

Contact:
Robert Morrison, Chairman
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Mission:
The Mission of the Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority is to provide stewardship of the Greater Lake Allatoona Watershed in order to restore, preserve and protect water quality and uses beneficial for present and future generations. The Authority identifies and addresses issues impacting the lake and is the repository of the latest information, technology and conditions of the Watershed. We educate, motivate, empower and unify individuals and diverse groups, enhancing personal responsibility and involvement to promote the Authority's mission.

Activities:
education and outreach, public meetings, Citizens Task Force, Scientific Task Force, Source Water Assessments, speakers bureau etc.

Issues:
Phosphorus loadings, erosion and sedimentation, pathogens, algal blooms, nonpoint source problems, land use trends, sprawl, stormwater runoff.

Successes:
Creating a Task Force of all the stakeholders in the watershed to be one unit for the protections of Lake Allatoona and its watershed (cross jurisdictional planning and coordination).

Assistance Provided by the Group:
Technical, governmental and environmental assistance on all issues that affect Lake Allatoona.

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: No
Paid Staff: 3
Number of Paying Members: 0
Non-Profit Status:
Founded: 1999

Lake Blackshear Watershed Association
PO Box 1218
Cordele, Georgia 31010
Phone: 229-273-3820

Watershed Information
Basin: Flint River
Streams: Flint River, as major tributary of Lake Blackshear. Also all local tributaries to the lake
Size of Watershed: 6,022 square km (3,742 sq. miles)

Contact:
Yonnie Williams, Secretary and Treasurer
Phone: 229-273-3811
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Mission:
The evaluation and protection of the waters and general environment of Lake Blackshear and the Flint River through education.

Activities:
Monitoring, environmenal studies, education.

Issues:
General water quality.

Successes:
General evaluation of lake water quality.

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: Yes
Founded: 1987

Lake Burton Civic Association
PO Box 1988
Clayton, Georgia 30525
Phone: 706-782-9921

Contact: Linda Dixon
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Watershed Information
Basin: Savannah (Tallulah)

Lake Lanier Association
615-F Oak Street, Suite 100
Gainesville, Georgia 30501
Phone: 770-503-7757
Fax: 770-503-7757
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www.lakelanier.org

Contact:
Joanna Cloud, Executive Director
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Watershed Information
Basin: Chattahoochee River
Streams: Lake Lanier and its headwaters of Chattahoochee and Chestatee
Size of Watershed: 38,000 acres

Mission:
Dedicated to preserving the quality and quantity of water in Lake Lanier.

Activities:
Shore Sweep and Adopt-A-Lake, Educational Newsletters and Meetings

Issues:
Siltation and Runoff

Successes:
Shore Sweep 2001 yielded 17.5 tons of trash and 16 containers of styrofoam. We hope to make event semi-annual.

Assistance Provided by the Group:
Informing similar groups or organizations of problems in this watershed; willing to participate in offering volunteer efforts to groups. (Participate in Elachee Nature Center in yearly Earth Day Celebration.) Contact with various civic organizations.

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: Yes
Paid Staff: 1
Number of Paying Members: 5500
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1960

Lake Oconee Water Watch
PO Box 4046
Eatonton, Georgia 31024
Phone: 706 485-4090
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Contact: 
Janet Pearson, President

Watershed Information:
Basin: Oconee River
Streams: Lake Oconee
Size of Watershed: 19,050 acres with 374 miles of shoreline

Activities:
Monitoring, clean-up, education

Issues: Rapid growth and development, lots of construction

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization:
Paid Staff: 0
Number of paying members: about 30 + other occasional volunteers
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 2004


Line Creek Association of Fayette County
290 Crabapple Road
Fayetteville, GA 30215
Phone: 770-719-8425

Contact: 
Dennis Chase, President
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Watershed Information
Basin: Flint River
Streams: Flint River and tributaries in upper half of the watershed. Occasional work in the watersheds East and West of the Flint. Most of our efforts have been in the Flint River tributaries in and near Fayette County.

Activities:
We acquire complete development files and then prepare an environmental impact analysis and prepare recommencations for appropriate responses/actions. Public statements at hearings and meetings, and occasional newspaper editorials are used. We do in-depth water quality analysis by biological characterizations of the streams impacted. This includes macroinvertebrate sampling, analysis of existing sampling programs by the State or other agency and in some cases use information gathered by colleges.

Issues:
Water quality, especially as impacted by a variety of developments.

Successes:
We participated in the campaign to open the EPD consent order process. We requested and commented at an EPD public hearing on a 1.5 million gallons sewage spill in Peachtree City. We worked with a group from Thomaston, finally through a meeting with Governor Barnes, to prevent a sewer line from going to the Flint River from Springs Industries in Griffin, Georgia. We participated (and continue to do so) with the Peach County group that is fighting the importation of garbage from New York to (an as yet to be built) land fill. We offered to GA Senators to locate open pit mines between GA and NY for use rather than dumping in GA. We assisted a group in Harris County with their fight with a developer to destroy a high-quality stream. We worked with the Fayette County Board of Education to change their construction procedures, especially where sediment and erosion control were concerned. We requested and attended a meeting with the cities and county government representatives to change those policies and the result is one of the best approaches to constuction in this part of Georgia. Following the spill of de-icing fluid from Hartsfield Airport, we took samples from the Flint and identified a 1.5 mile section of the upper-most part of the river as DEAD. As part of that investigation, we learned that there have been dozens of other spills of very toxic material which have had NO publicity. We continue to work on that issue. We continue to work with the Fayette County Board of Health over a contamination issue in central Fayette County from a poorly run sewage treatment facility that services a mobile home park. We offered a definition for perennial and intermitent streams which Peachtree City has adopted in their ordinances. We participate in the North Georgia Water District effort as members of the Flint River Advisory Council. We participate in Peachtree City's new storm water permit process and the associated change in ordinances. That includes a separate effort to improve their tree ordinance.

Assistance Provided by the Group:
We meet with new groups, offering assistance in organization and how to impact the issue. We have prepared and distribute a booklet which tells any group how to take on the issues. "Activism Handbook" is the title and it offers any group a step by step method of getting things done. On some projects, we go on-site and take samples to determine existing biological conditions or if a development is already under way, make an analysis of what the impact has been.

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: Yes
Number of Paying Members: 15 to 25
Founded: 1997

Little Nancy Creek Watershed Alliance
551 Chateaugay Lane
Atlanta, Georgia 30342
Phone: 404-531-0006
Fax: 404-760-5129
http://www.littlenancy.org

Contact:
Kevin McCauley
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Watershed Information
Basin: Chattahoochee River (Nancy Creek)
Streams: Little Nancy Creek (tributary of Nancy Creek) located in DeKalb and Fulton counties

Mission:
To protect and restore the Little Nancy Creek Watershed by creating a community in harmony with its environment

Activities:
Largely education, plus monitoring and cleanups

Issues:
Development (sedimentation, chemical, runoff)

Successes:
Stop work orders (if only temporary!) on significant developments seriously impacting water quality; Hosting the Peachtree/Nancy Creek River Rendezvous 2000 (November 2000)

Assistance Provided by the Group:
Information/strategies in urban environment in areas such as monitoring, networking and dealing with county paperwork

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: Yes
Paid Staff: 0
Number of Paying Members: 0
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1998

Little River Valley Association
1424 Gantt Rd.
Alpharetta, Georgia 30004
Phone: 770-475-9214

Contact: 
Ben & Linda Statham
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Watershed Information
Basin: Coosa River
Streams: Little River, Chicken Creek, Cooper Sandy Creek, Hen Run Creek, and other smaller tributaries that run into the Little River and eventually into Lake Allatoona

Activities:
We sponsor annual Rivers Alive cleanups primarily with Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops along with our community children and adults. We assist other organizations with support when water issues are at risk and when they need assistance and information.

Issues:
Rapid development in our area means there are always water issues to watch.

Successes:
We feel we have made a statement about the need to protect and preserve our waterways within areas that are currently being developed in our watershed.

Participation in Monitoring: Not currently
Advocacy Organization: Yes
Paid Staff: 0
Number of Paying Members: 0
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1997

Mainspring Conservation Trust 
PO Box 1148
Franklin, NC 28744
Phone: 828-524-2711
http://www.ltlt.org

Contact:
Sharon Taylor, Executive Director
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Watershed Information
Basin: Tennessee River
Streams: Little Tennessee, Tuckasegee, Cheoah and Nantahala River watersheds

Mission: LTLT is dedicated to conserving the waters, forests, farms, and heritage of the Upper Little Tennessee and Hiwassee River Valleys. We work in partnership with private landowners, public agencies, and others to conserve land and water, wnsuring that the water quality, natural beauty, ecological integrity, and rural character of our region are preserved for generations to come.

Issues: Sedimentation

Type of activities performed: education, monitoring, land conservation, and stream restoration

Paid Staff: 1
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1997

New Echota Rivers Alliance


www.newechotarivers.org

Contact:
Dan McBee
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Watershed Information
Basin: Coosa & Oostanaula

Ochlockonee River Water Trail Group
www.facebook.com/pages/Ochlockonee-River-Water-trail/527329444020719

Watershed Information
Basin: Ochlockonee River

Ocmulgee River Initiative
1679 Twin Pines Dr.
Macon, GA 31211
478-335-4960

Contact:
Brian Rood

Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Inc.
PO Box 16206
Savannah, GA 31416
Toll Free Phone: 866-942-6222
Fax: 866-942-6222
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www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org

Contact:
Emily Markesteyn, Executive Director/Riverkeeper
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Watershed Information
Basin: Ogeechee / Canoochee River and all coastal rivers draining to Ossabaw and St. Catherine's Sounds

Mission:  To protect, preserve and improve the water quality of the Ogeechee, Canoochee and coastal waters in Georgia.

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: Yes
Paid Staff: 2
Non-Profit Status: 501 c3
Founded: 2005 by merger of Canoochee Riverkeeper and Friends of the Ogeechee

The River Line Historic Area, Inc. (Nickajack Creek)
Roberta Cook
5911 Graywood Circle
Mableton, GA 30126
Phone: 678-813-1272
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www.riverline.org/pages/waterways.aspx

Contact:
Roberta Cook, Founder

Watershed Information: Chattahoochee River, specifically Nickajack Creek

Mission: Roberta Cook is a community environmental activist whose concern is Nickajack Creek in Cobb County, GA.  Roberta adopted the creek and provides weekly water samples to the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper for analysis.  Click here for the results.  

Rock Creek Watershed Alliance
Chattahoochee River
Charles Bayless
Phone: 404-872-6563

Watershed Information
Basin: Chattahoochee
Size: 1.5 square miles

Mission:
The Rock Creek Watershed Alliance is a coalition of community stakeholders dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the ecological balance and beauty of Rock Creek, its tributaries and adjacent parks.

Activities:
Clean ups, monitoring, education

Issues:
Stormwater runoff from development

Successes:
Clearing 15 acres of invasive plant species from Johnson-Taylor Park; getting county authorities to cite runoff violations.

Assistance Provided by the Group:
We provide information.

Participation in Monitoring: Sometimes
Number of Paying Members: 20
Non-Profit Status: Georgia non-profit corporation
Founded: 1999

 

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