Unspecified future renovations to Savannah’s Wilshire and President Street Water Pollution Control Plants will cost millions of dollars, according to Public Works and Water Resources Director John Sawyer. Sawyer spoke to reporters Thursday after briefing city council on upcoming changes to pollution requirements. On an average day, Sawyer says Savannah’s plants fall well below the pollution limits set by their state permits. But those limits are set to change to bring plants into compliance with Environmental Protection Agency standards revised in 2010. At the time, the new regulations represented a 76 percent reduction in daily pollution along the length of the Savannah river.
A report released Thursday by the River Network says electricity production in Georgia is threatening rivers and power generation. It also says the state’s once ample water supply is declining along with water quality.
Two Jekyll Island beaches are under advisory after high levels of a bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illness were found in the water. The Coastal Health District reported St. Andrews Beach and Clam Creek Beach were placed under advisory following routine water quality tests from samples taken May 29.
A Screven County textile mill has agreed to pay for third-party water-quality monitoring of the Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia after a record-setting fish kill last year. King America Finishing and the state Environmental Protection Division agreed the company would spend $1 million on what are called “supplemental environmental projects.”
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.