Last week, the Georgia Water Coalition (GWC) named its "Dirty Dozen" for 2011,
exposing the worst offenses to Georgia's water. The Georgia Water Coalition is a consortium of more than 180 conservation and environmental organizations including the Georgia Sierra Club, hunting and fishing groups, businesses, and faith‐based organizations representing more than 300,000 Georgians.
"This is more than a list," said Jerry McCollum, president of the Georgia Wildlife Federation and a founding member of the Coalition. "This is a call to action for Georgia's citizens and its leaders. The sites populating this list are only poster children for the larger problem of a system that is failing to protect our water, our fish, and wildlife and our communities."
The Coalition blames continuing funding cuts to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and a lack of political will to aggressively enforce state and federal environmental laws and implement state policy that better protects and manages Georgia's water.
Topping the list is the Ogeechee River where a textile manufacturing plant in Screven County is blamed for a fish kill earlier this year in which 30,000 fish perished. Rayonier's pulp mill in Jesup, the proposed Savannah River Harbor deepening project, minimum flows on the Chattahoochee in Atlanta, reservoir proposals in Dawson and Hall counties, and the Georgia Chapter's nomination -- the proposed Plant Washington -- round out the top six.
Congratulations to Cobb EMC members, who on Saturday elected three new board members and forced a run off in the fourth district, which is a critical step to stopping Plant Washington!