Georgia Watershed Group Directory

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Satilla Riverkeeper

Savannah Riverkeeper, Inc.

Save Lake Oconee's Waters (SLOW)

Shoal Creek Watershed Alliance

Soque River Watershed Association

Southern Environmental Law Center

South River Watershed Alliance

SouthWings

Spring Creek Watershed Partnership

St. Marys EarthKeepers, Inc.

St. Marys River Management Committee

St. Marys Riverkeeper

Tallapoosa River Association

Tallulah River Watershed Council

Turner Environmental Law Clinic

UGA Fisheries Society

Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Upper Etowah River Alliance

Upper Oconee Watershed Network (UOWN)

Upper Tallapoosa Watershed Group

Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs

West Atlanta Watershed Alliance

West Point Lake Coalition

WWALS Watershed Coalition

Yellow River Water Trail

Satilla Riverkeeper

PO Box 697
Woodbine, GA 31569
912-510-9500
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http://www.satillariverkeeper.org

Contact:
Laura Early, Executive Director & Riverkeeper

Watershed Information
Basin: Satilla River

Paid Staff: 1
Founded: 2004


Savannah Riverkeeper, Inc.
PO Box 14908
Augusta, GA 30919
Phone: 706-826-8991
Pollution Line: 877-SRK-7711
Fax: 706-826-8995
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www.savannahriverkeeper.org

Contact: 
Tonya Bonitatibus, Executive Director & Riverkeeper

Watershed Information
Basin: Savannah River
Streams: All of the streams in the Savannah River watershed are included in our focus. We are working in the entire watershed. Our partners in that effort include Friends of the Tallulah River, the Chattooga Conservancy, Lake Hartwell Association, the Broad River Watershed Alliance, Friends of the Savannah River Basin, the Augusta Canal Authority, the Augusta Port Authority, River Front and River Walk Marinas, the Lower Savannah River Alliance, the Nature Conservancy, and Bull River Cruises. Our coworkers include many other organizations that advocate protection of the river but have a more general focus. Consequently, our efforts are spread throughout the basin.
Size of Watershed: 10,500 square miles

Mission:
To protect the water quality of the Savannah River and the integrity of its watershed, and to promote an enlightened stewardship of this unique heritage.

Activities:
Public education, volunteer training, monitoring, clean ups, and litigation.

Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 2001

Save Lake Oconee's Waters (SLOW)
1040 Sword Hilt Road
Greensboro, Georgia 30642
Phone: 706-467-3682
Fax: 706-467-3880
www.lauramoore.com/slow/index.html

Contact:
Les Reed, Coordinator
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Watershed Information
Basin: Oconee River (Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair)
Streams: Oconee River, Richland Creek, Apalachee River, Murder Creek, Little River, and other small streams that directly feed Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair.

Mission:
SLOW is dedicated to preserving the unique and valuable natural resources of Lake Oconee. We are fighting for the creation of a regional water authority so that water rights can be granted responsibly and justly.


Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 2000

Shoal Creek Watershed Alliance
c/o Oakhurst Community Garden
529 Adams Street
Decatur, GA, 30030

Watershed Information:
Basin: Upper Ocmulgee
Streams: Shoal Creek

Mission:
To appreciate our stream, educate our community about our stream, and improve our stream.

Activities:
Monitoring, Cleanups, Education

Founded: 2003
 

Soque River Watershed Association
PO Box 1901
Clarkesville, Georgia 30523
Phone: 706-754-9382
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www.soque.org

Contact:
Duncan Hughes, Executive Director

Watershed Information
Basin: Chattahoochee River
Streams: the Soque River and all the streams that feed it
Size of Watershed: 134,000 acres

Mission:
To work together with individuals and organizations in Habersham County to maintain and improve the Soque River, its tributaries and its watershed.

Activities:
Workshops, exhibits, school presentations, publications, adopt-a-stream, erosion control, streambank restoration, waterway cleanup, and other monitoring of water quality
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1998

South River Watershed Alliance
PO Box 1341
Decatur, Georgia 30031
Phone: 404-285-3756
Fax: 678-974-7927
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www.southriverga.org

Contact:
Jacqueline Echols, President
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Watershed Information
Basin: Ocmulgee River

Southern Environmental Law Center
The Candler Building
127 Peachtree St., Suite 605
Atlanta, GA 30303-1800
Phone: 404-521-9900
Fax: 404-521-9909
www.selcga.org

Contact:
David Pope, Executive Director
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Mission:
SELC's mission is to restore and safeguard the quality of the region's air, water, forests, wildlife habitat, rural landscapes, and other critical resources.


SouthWings
35 Haywood Street
Ste. 201
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-255-5949
Fax: 855-546-8260
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www.southwings.org

Contact:
Hume Davenport
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Watershed Information
Basin: Georgia
Streams: The Chattahoochee, the Chattooga, the Tennessee, Altahama, the Cahaba, the Obed, the French Broad, Sequatchie
Size of Watershed: Using light aircraft enables us to survey whole watersheds in less than a day. We are able to locate and identify sources of point pollution very accurately using GPS coordinates and mapping software on board the airplane.

Mission:
SouthWings is a non-profit aviation service whose mission is to use flight in advocacy of sustainable solutions to restore and protect ecosystems and biological diversity in the southeast.

Activities:
Watershed monitoring with light aircraft, GPS mapping equipment and photographs. We are available to groups working on specific campaign targets, community leaders and activists.
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1996

Spring Creek Watershed Partnership
822-R Jesse Johnson St.
Blakely, GA 39823
Phone: 229-723-3841
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Contact: 
Newton Cloud

Watershed Information
Basin: Lower Flint (Spring Creek)

St. Marys EarthKeepers
902 Ann St.
St. Marys, GA 31558
Phone: (912) 673-6120
www.stmarysearthkeepers.com

Contact:
Alex Kearns
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Watershed Information

Basin: St. Marys

68 Kingsland Dr., Suite B
Folkston, GA  31537
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www.saintmarysriver.org  

Contact:
Chip Campbell and Kevin Shell, Co-Chairs
300 Osborne Street
St. Marys, Georgia
404-909-0667
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Tallapoosa River Association
10 Arbacoochee Rd., Suite 6
Tallapoosa, GA 30176
404-202-4882 or 770-366-3839
www.tallapoosapaddlingcompany.com/tallapoosa-river-association.html

Contact: 
Eric Hughes
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Tallulah River Watershed Council

2869 Laurel Lodge Rd.
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Phone: 706-782-9980 or 770-843-8841

Contact:
Tom Madison

Turner Environmental Law Clinic
Emory University School of Law - Turner Environmental Law Clinic
1301 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
Phone: 404-727-3432
Fax: 404-727-7851
http://law.emory.edu/academics/clinics/turner-environmental-clinic.html

Contact:
Mindy Goldstein
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Mission:
The Turner Environmental Law Clinic provides important pro bono legal representation to individuals, community groups, and nonprofit organizatons that seek to protect and restore the natural environement for the benefit of the public. Through its work, the clinic offers students an intense, hands-on introduction to environmental law and trains the next generation of environmental attorneys.
Founded: 1998

UGA Fisheries Society
D.B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602-2152
Fax: 706-542-8356
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www.warnell.uga.edu/undergrad/uga-fisheries.php

Watershed Information
Basin: Oconee River
Streams: Primarily north Georgia and piedmont streams or rivers
Size of Watershed:

Mission:
The UGA Fisheries Society's mission is to provide educational enrichment, encourage community service, and promote professional enhancement among University of Georgia students, faculty, and staff interested in fisheries and aquatic sciences.

Activities:
We participate in stream clean-ups, host educational meetings, and provide fishing opportunities for local youth groups and senior citizens.

Non-Profit Status: apply soon
Founded: 1994

Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited
1200 Bristol Oaks Dr.
Roswell, GA 30075
Phone: 404-725-3979
www.ucctu.org

Contact:
Ken Mock, President
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Watershed Information
Basin: Chattahoochee River Tailwater from Buford Dam to Roswell

Mission:
To conserve, protect and restore Georgia's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Activities:
GA EPD Adopt-A-Stream Bacterial and Chemical Monitoring, stream clean-ups, legislative advocacy, conservation education, fishing

Issues:
Cold, clean, fishable water. Surface water run-off, wastewater discharges, thermal creep, sedimentation, trash.

Successes:
Sweep the Hooch Annual clean-up of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area; 48 river miles and 21 projects in one day; clean-up in 2011 resulted in 3.81 tons of river refuse with 1.07 tons of trash recycled - all with the support of over 445 volunteers.  Chattahoochee River Wild Brown Trout Growth and Population Study; partnered with GA DNR Fisheries; funded by Trout Unlimited Embrace A Stream grant; provided TU volunteers on shocking boat for 14 months, 3-4 times per month. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper River Advocate Award.

Assistance Provided by the Group:
Can partner with other groups for clean-ups, water quality monitoring, habitat and fisheries studies, advocacy.

Participation in Monitoring: Yes
Advocacy Organization: Yes
Paid Staff: 0
Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1983

Upper Etowah River Alliance
180 McClure St.
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: 770-706-5479
www.etowahriver.org

Contact:
Diane Minick, Watershed Director
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Watershed Information
Basin: Etowah River (Upper Etowah)
Streams: all rivers and tributaries in the Upper Etowah basin
Size of Watershed: 610 square miles

Mission:
To provide regional leadership and education for maintaining the natural beauty and quality of the Upper Etowah River Watershed, which meets the needs of property owners, a prosperous economy and the environment.

Activities:
provide regional leadership to encourage the protection of the natural resources of the basin; education and outreach to citizens and local officials; citizen stream monitoring; demonstration projects to reduce non-point source pollution

Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1998

Upper Oconee Watershed Network (UOWN)
PO Box 531
Athens, Georgia 30603
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www.uown.org

Contact:
Bruno Giri, President

Watershed Information
Basin: Oconee River (Middle and North)
Streams: Middle and North Oconee and selected tributaries
Size of Watershed: 2925 square miles

Mission:
The Upper Oconee Watershed Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving water quality through community-based advocacy, monitoring, and education.

Activities:
education, monitoring, clean-ups, reporting of issues/problems

Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1999


Upper Tallapoosa Watershed Group
Dept. of Geosciences - UWG
Carrollton, Georgia 30118

Watershed Information
Basin: Tallapoosa River
Streams: The Tallapoosa River, the Little Tallapoosa River, and all their tributaries, as well as small stretches of the Coosa in Cedartown.
Size of Watershed: 720 square miles in Georgia.

Contact:
Randa Harris
678-839-4056
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Mission:
The Upper Tallapoosa Watershed Group (UTWG) is a diverse group of concerned citizens that are interested in protecting, preserving, and using the Tallapoosa watershed in Haralson and Carroll Counties, Georgia. Protection, preservation, and usage of the Tallapoosa River need not be exclusive of each other.

Activities:
Clean-ups are the main tool we use. We are having 3 this fall (1 on the Coosa, 1 on the Little Tallapoosa, and 1 on the Tallapoosa). We also present educational meetings and allow for debate. In late September, we are having a public meeting on the Georgia-Alabama "water wars", and have speakers from both sides of the issue. Dr. Hollabaugh and Randa Harris both currently work for the West Georgia Watershed Assessment. This is a bi-county (Carroll & Heard) monitoring program. We take weekly water samples from the 2 counties and perform 21 different tests on each sample. This program lasts for the entire year (2001). We are able to use the monitoring results from our work to aid in our UTWG activities.
Our organization is also helping to promote awareness by the placement of 16 Tallapoosa River Watershed signs throughout the basin.

Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 1999

Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs
1010 Winding Creek Trail
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Phone: 404-805-0297
www.watershedallianceofsandysprings.org

Contact:
Sherry Epstein, President
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Watershed Information
Basin: Chattahoochee River
Streams: All within city of Sandy Springs

Mission:
The Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs Inc. is organized to restore and maintain the ecological balance of the watersheds of Sandy Springs through education and monitoring and to foster the preservation, character and integrity of watershed region.

Non-Profit Status: 501c3
Founded: 2000

West Atlanta Watershed Alliance
Outdoor Activity Center
1442 Richland Ave.
College Park, GA 30310
Phone: 404-752-5389
www.wawaonline.org

Contact: 
Darryl Haddock
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Watershed Information
Basin: Chattahoochee River


Mission:
WAWA got its start during a community struggle to get the City of Atlanta to abandon its intentions to implement discriminatory waste water treatment policies in West Atlanta, and to get the city government to actively engage citizens in decision-making that impacts environmental quality and quality of life concerns. WAWA is an urban, community-based organization made up of African American residents living in West Atlanta, which is the area of the city most effected by environmental stressors and pollution, but least represented at environmental decision-making tables. We seek to eliminate environmental health hazards which disproportionately affect our community, advocate for environmental justice, improve quality of life, and restore environmental quality in the community.
Founded: 1995
 

West Point Lake Coalition
PO Box 3677
Lagrange, GA 30240
Phone: 706-884-5916

www.westpointlakecoalition.org

Contact:
Matthew Headrick
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Watershed Information
Basin: Chattahoochee River

WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.
Suwannee Riverkeeper 
3338 Country Club Rd. #L336
Valdosta, GA 31605
229-242-0102
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www.wwals.net    


Contact:
John S. Quarterman

Mission:  WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.

Yellow River Water Trail
PO Box 560
Porterdale, GA 30070

Phone: 770-364-0911
www.yellowriverwatertrail.org

Contact:
Tonya Bechtler
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Mission: The Yellow River Water Trail is a valuable resource for recreation, education and stewardship increasing and improving public access to the the Yellow River through environmentally sensitive launch and landing sites for non-motorized boats.  The Yellow River Water Trail has beautiful places of historical, cultural and recreational significance.  It provides users the opportunity to make day trips and in the future as the water trail network grows, longer multi-day trips with riverside camping available.   Put-in and take-out points are located approximately every 4-6 miles.  

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