Hikers who reach the end of the Appalachian Trail in north Georgia could eventually have the option of continuing another 500 miles. A national preservation group is working to connect the trail with the Gulf of Mexico via the Chattahoochee River.
A conservation group says metro Atlanta has made incremental progress in reducing water use since 2011, but could do more. Atlanta-based Chattahoochee Riverkeeper released the findings as part of a 40-page update to its 2011 report, "Filling the Water Gap: Conservation Successes and Missed Opportunities in Metro Atlanta."
The national conservation group “American Rivers” named Georgia’s Chattahoochee River as one of “America’s Most Endangered” Tuesday. One of the reasons is a proposed reservoir in Hall County, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now considering public comments about that project.
Some communities downstream of Atlanta are concerned about a recent decision to give the city 13 more years to finish court-ordered sewer upgrades. Atlanta has spent $1.5 billion dollars since 1999 on projects to prevent sewage overflows into rivers and streams. Originally, the work had to be done in 2014.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking Georgians and other stakeholders for comment on a controversial north Georgia reservoir. Hall County wants to build the Glades reservoir just north of Lake Lanier to boost north Georgia’s water supply.
The state of Georgia and the Atlanta Regional Commission have spent about $18.7 million in outside legal fees during two decades of legal battles involving Florida and Alabama over access to drinking water. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the tab is viewed by the state and local communities as critical to protecting metro Atlanta's economy.
A Georgia waterway is the nation’s first National Water Trail, part of a new system of local waterways designed to boost recreational uses and preservation. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced this week the Chattahoochee River Water Trail travels 48 miles of the river, all within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.