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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:
Protect the Okefenokee Swamp!

Protect the Okefenokee Swamp!

See below for information on:Okefenokee Named Most Endangered RiverTwin Pines Mine and Comments to the Corps of EngineersFacts about the Okefenokee Swamp Save the Swamp CampaignNews ArticlesPaddle the Okefenokee and St MarysDon't Risk One of Georgia's Seven Natural Wonders:Say NO To Okefenokee Swamp Titanium Mine The Okefenokee Swamp, one of Georgia's seven natural wonders; the largest blackwater swamp in North America; and a wetland of international importance, is threatened by a proposed titanium mine. Twin Pines Minerals, LLC, an Alabama mining company with a poor track record of environmental stewardship, has asked federal and state authorities permission to operate a 898-acre heavy mineral sand mine next to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. This...

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Help Upgrade Water Quality Standards on Water Trails – Triennial Review

Help Upgrade Water Quality Standards on Water Trails – Triennial Review

Georgia River Network believes all water trails should have water quality standards that protect their RECREATIONAL USE! Help us work toward this goal by taking part in the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's (EPD) Triennial Review Process. Please complete GRN's recreation survey, collect documentation, and submit a comment letter to EPD. Help Ensure Water Quality Standards Protect the Rivers Where You Recreate Georgia River Network helps people experience the beauty of our state’s rivers and become involved in river protection. If you have fallen in love with a river and want to help increase protections for the rivers where you swim, paddle and recreate, we need your help now with making sure these rivers have appropriate water quality standards....

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Keep Coal Ash Out of Our Waters

Keep Coal Ash Out of Our Waters

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. Coal Ash Legislation Passes! In 2020, Georgia passed its first law addressing the threats posed by the long-term storage of toxic coal ash. We should celebrate this victory while recognizing that much more must be done to address the planned permanent storage of this dangerous waste in unlined pits alongside a number of Georgia’s rivers. We need a law that requires excavation and disposal of toxic coal ash in permitted, lined landfills away from our groundwater and surface water resources. SB 123 (Sen. William Ligon) passed the House on June 23 by a vote of 142-15, and due to...

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Trust Fund Honesty

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. HR 164 passed both the House and Senate! In November 2020, Georgia voters will have the chance to vote YES on this ballot question: "Shall the Constitution of...

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Stream Buffers to Protect Rivers

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. Learn more at http://www.protectgeorgia.org/grn.html

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Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment

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 2018. Learn more at https://www.georgiaoutdoorstewardship.org

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