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.
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday his state has filed suit against Georgia in the U. S. Supreme Court over water consumption. “Georgia has refused to fairly share the waters that flow between our two states, so to stop Georgia’s unmitigated consumption of water we have brought the matter before the U.S. Supreme Court. Georgia’s over-consumption of water threatens the existence of Apalachicola Bay and the future economic development of the region,” Scott said in a written news release.
City officials in Columbus have approved spending $1.3 million to stabilize two sections of the Chattahoochee River's banks that collapsed along the city's whitewater course. The Columbus City Council approved the money at a meeting on Tuesday.
A new whitewater rafting course at the Georgia-Alabama state line is drawing big crowds for its grand opening after nearly 13 years of work. Officials opened the rapids to rafters on Saturday. It cost nearly $24.4 million to tear down two dams on the river between Columbus and Phenix City, Ala., and build the 2.5-mile course.
Authorities say recent rains have sent bacteria levels soaring in the Chattahoochee River. Sally Bethea of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Organization advises people not to touch the water. She said that E. coli is a major concern.
Lake Lanier is back up to its full water level for the first time in two years. That’s good news for homeowners, boaters and others using the lake. But some worry Georgians will give up the few water restrictions they may be following now.
After more than a decade of planning and construction, a man-made whitewater course on the Chattahoochee River will open May 25. It is expected to attract adventurers from around the South. Business and civic leaders on Thursday announced the opening date during a ceremony on a pedestrian bridge overlooking the river.
The city of Columbus is tightening the rules for people out on the Chattahoochee River near the city. Starting this week the city is requiring life vests for anyone on the river between the North Highlands Dam and the Columbus Trade Center.