GA Water Coalition names 2013 "Dirty Dozen"
On November 13, Georgia's leading water protection group named its "Dirty Dozen" for 2013, highlighting 12 examples of the worst offenses to Georgia's waters. The annual report shines a spotlight on state policies and failures that ultimately harm Georgia property owners, downstream communities, fish and wildlife, hunters and anglers, and boaters and swimmers.
The Coalition's full report details the history of each site and provides solutions to correct these ongoing pollution problems and eliminate the listed threats.
Three of the dozen offenses are located in the Chattahoochee River Basin: Gainesville – where polluted runoff from industrial facilities including a chicken processing plant (Pilgrim's Pride) is sending bacteria to a stream feeding Lake Lanier; Cumming – where a dam breach highlights the need for better dam safety; and Hall County – where the Governor's Water Supply Program is wasting tax dollars on Glades reservoir and inciting more water conflicts with neighbors.
The Georgia Water Coalition is a consortium of 207 conservation and environmental organizations, hunting and fishing groups, businesses and faith-based organizations that represent more than 300,000 Georgians.