Georgia Water Coalition releases annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of endangered waterways

Courtesy Georgia Water Coalition

Advocacy organization Georgia Water Coalition has released its “Dirty Dozen” for 2024 in a 27-page report highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to state waters.

Rather than identifying the “most polluted places” in Georgia, the Georgia Water Coalition’s (GWC) the report instead highlights the politics, policies and issues that threaten the health of the state’s water and the well being of more than 11 million people.

The list includes the following:

  • Abercorn Creek (Effingham/Chatham counties): Growth spurred by Port of Savannah threatens region’s water supplies
  • Altamaha River (Wayne County):State allows pulp mill to continue polluting Georgia’s “Little Amazon.”
  • Conasauga River (Whitfield County):Forever chemicals continue to poison drinking water sources.
  • Coosa River (Floyd County):Plan for coal ash cleanup pollutes groundwater
  • Flint River (Decatur County):Monkey breeding facility exposes “monkey business” potential of local development authorities.
  • Floridan Aquifer (South Georgia):Growth in coastal counties stresses fragile water supply.
  • Georgia’s Rivers, Streams, and Water Resources (Statewide):
    • Data centers sap energy gird, stress water supplies.
    • Lax enforcement of state laws allows dirt from development sites to soil creeks.
    • State makes slow progress on limiting algae-causing pollution
    • Push to privatize public resources raises red flags.
  • Ogeechee River: Toxic “forever chemicals” taint fish, threaten human health.
  • Okefenokee Swamp: State leaders’ inaction leaves natural wonder at risk.

The full Dirty Dozen report can be viewed at this link.

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.
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