Valdosta city officials say they're responding to a major sewage spill in the Withlachoochee River. Valdosta city officials say recent heavy rainfall may have caused sewage to be discharged from the Withlachoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Tybee Island officials say they're repairing a sewer line after thousands of gallons of raw sewage spilled for the second time in two weeks. Mayor Jason Buelterman said crews patched up part of a leaking sewer line Saturday morning and the city plans to replace the entire main. Officials say about 37 feet of iron pipe is going to be replaced.
State environmental officials say about 90,000 gallons of sewage has spilled into the ocean off the Tybee Island coast. Officials from the Environmental Protection Division say the spill is linked to a sewage line that ruptured Monday and has since been repaired.
Augusta city leaders are expected to consider a new stormwater fee aimed at preventing flooding from heavy rains that sent untreated sewage into waterways and damaged homes in the city. Augusta commissioners are expected to discuss the new fee on Monday.
Georgia taxpayers are paying some of the costliest penalties for water pollution. An analysis of state data by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that local agencies in metro Atlanta paid nearly $6 million in fines over the past dozen years for sewage spills and wastewater overflows into rivers and creeks.