The Georgia Water Coalition has released its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of water quality issues. The list highlights what environmental groups consider to be the issues most urgently demanding action. This is the third annual list. There are some new and some old issues on it.
This Saturday, Darien residents will remember one of the most controversial war acts during the Civil War. The town's buildings, churches, and most homes were set aflame by soldiers over 150 years ago. Today, the remains from the act are still preserved by the town's residents.
An 8-mile-long strip of land on South Georgia's Altamaha River soon could be open to the public. The Nature Conservancy has bought a 6,000 acre tract known as Boyles Island in Wayne County. The $8 million-dollar purchase from timber giant Rayonier is expected to become a $4 million sale to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has given Georgia a $1 million grant to help preserve about 6,000 acres of land on the Altamaha River. The money for Boyles Island in Wayne County is the largest of 24 projects funded nationwide in a federal program aimed.
The Georgia Water Coalition has put the Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia at the top of a new list of dirty Georgia waterways. The coalition representing 180 groups and businesses is highlighting the Ogeechee after a massive fish kill soiled the river in May. The Altamaha is at number two on the list because of Jesup's Rayonier paper mill.
The Altamaha River drains a quarter of the state, stretching from Atlanta and Macon to Darien on the coast. It’s been an engine for economic activity since Native Americans and early settlers used it to travel to inland Georgia.
Businesses relying on South Georgia rivers are worried about the ongoing drought. Tourism is drying up along with the water running at historic low levels on the Satilla, Suwanee and St. Marys Rivers. One outfitters says, business is better near the coast, where tides boost water levels.
A rare mussel found only in one coastal river could become the latest Georgia species added to the endangered species list. The Altamaha spinymussel used to be common in several South Georgia rivers but is now found only in the Altamaha.