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Priority Issues

Georgia River Network supports the priority issues of the Georgia Water Coalition as well as other important issues facing rivers. Georgia River Network is focused on:

Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment

The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act (HB 332) and companion legislation calling for voter approval in a referendum this fall (HR 238) were both overwhelmingly passed by the State Legislature.The measures dedicates a portion of the existing state sales and use tax to the conservation of the state’s lands, waters and wildlife. HB 332 will now go to the desk of Governor Nathan Deal to be signed into law. HR 238 was on the ballot and approved by voters in November. Learn more at https://www.georgiaoutdoorstewardship.org/ 

Keep Coal Ash Out of Our Waters - Act Now
Coal ash is the waste left over from burning coal.  It contains toxic metals and cancer-causing chemicals. Learn more about how to help keep toxic coal ash from polluting our water.

Action Alert: We must stop coal waste from poisoning our water and our families. Take action now! www.protectgeorgia.org/coal-ash.html/#/106

 

 

Trust Fund Honesty
The Georgia Constitution, as currently written, does not allow legislators to “dedicate” fees collected by the state to their intended use—whether to clean up environmental waste sites, fund teen driver programs or support training for peace officers. The fees collected are placed in the state general fund for allocation by state legislators as they deem fit, even though the bill creating the fee may say differently. GWC wants to see programs like the Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste Trust Funds receive the fees due so that EPD can clean up tire dumps, leaky landfills and contaminated properties. In 2018, HR 158 failed to pass out of the Senate before the end of the legislative session. Learn  more at https://www.garivers.org/trust-funds
Stream Buffers to Protect Rivers
The Georgia Water Coalition is continuing its intensive efforts to re-establish buffer protections on all state waters, after this vital water quality protection was limited by a 2015 Georgia Supreme Court decision. The Coalition is working with legislators on a simple, logical fix to ensure these vital protections continue to apply to our lakes, rivers and streams.

 

Georgia River Network
Earth Share
Paddle Georgia
Georgia Water Trails
Hidden Gem
Georgia Water Coalition

 

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