Climate Reporter for the Ledger-Inquirer.
Fish sampling is essential to understanding the health of the river but is seldom done in this stretch of the Chattahoochee near Columbus, Ga.
Ashley Desensi’s love for nature runs deep. At 35, she is protecting Columbus’s water resources, advocating for native plant growth and invasive species removal, and finding joy through nurturing her three children. But she had to come through many struggles first.
Until 2012 and 2013, portions of the Chattahoochee were un-dammed and reengineered, creating a 2.5-mile urban whitewater course. A two-part story will take a trip down the Chattahoochee to explore the economic gains and environmental challenges over the last decade that have incurred from this $26 million restoration project.
Georgia experienced 107 billion-dollar disasters between 1980-2022, the highest amount of any state in the Southeast, according to a prominent group of experts and scientists.
Churches throughout Georgia are acting on climate change, conducting energy efficiency audits, powering their houses of worship with clean energy and creating teams of parishioners to see the efforts come to fruition.