Fighting For River Justice
In 2014, CRK’s tracking team discovered oily black sludge seeping out of a storm drain and into a small tributary next to the river. Our team traced the chemicals back to American Sealcoat (AS), an asphalt sealant manufacturer. Operating without an industrial storm water permit, in clear violation of the Clean Water Act, AS was repeatedly and intentionally dumping toxic waste down a nearby storm drain.
Recently, a Federal judge delivered a strong message to polluters in Georgia when she ordered AS to pay $10 million in civil penalties to the U.S. Treasury. While AS has abandoned its operations and fled the state, CRK is vigorously pursuing its related lawsuit against the property owner, M&K Warehouses, to ensure they stop further contamination and clean up the site.
Find out more and help us hold these pollluters accountable.
Board of Natural Resources Removes River Flow Protection
On August 26, the Board of Natural Resources voted to remove the minimum flow requirement of 750 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the Chattahoochee at Peachtree Creek in Atlanta. This flow requirement, which has been in place for nearly 40 years, is essential to protect the health of the river as it receives discharges from more than a dozen sewage treatment plants in Fulton, Cobb, Douglas, and Gwinnett counties.
CRK continues to call for: (1) a comprehensive, scientific study; (2) a water quality-monitoring program to ensure that water quality and recreation will not be harmed by lower flows in the river; and (3) the adoption of a new, protective river management plan in state water quality regulations. For more information about EPD’s proposed rule change click here. For a recent news article on this issue click here.
Floating Classroom Launches on West Point Lake
Georgia’s only Floating Classroom program doubled in size with the official launch of the West Point Lake Floating Classroom on September 10.
More than 70 CRK supporters from the Middle Chattahoochee region attended the launch ceremony at Highland Marina, cheering as founding Riverkeeper and Executive Director Sally Bethea and City of LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton broke champagne bottles on the bow, christening the next chapter of CRK’s environmental education initiatives.
To find out more about our floating classroom program, click here.
AVEDA is a clean water champion!
Their 2015 Earth Month Campaign reached an all-time high this year, raising nearly $63,000 for CRK’s mission of protecting clean water. Thank you AVEDA! We’re looking forward to honoring you with our River Advocate Award at this year’s Patron Dinner.