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We’ve accomplished a lot in 2016…
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This year, CRK educated 8,974 students and adults aboard our floating classrooms, tested 4,256 NWW water samples, identified and stopped 16 major sewer spills, responded to 258 citizen hotline calls, distributed 602 rain barrels, and removed 23.4 tons of trash from the watershed!

Take a look at more of our achievements in our 2016 By the Numbers.

UPDATE: U.S. Drought Monitor Declares Extreme to Exceptional Drought for most of NW Georgia

Because of rain over the last couple of weeks (including January’s “snow” event), no Georgia counties are experiencing an Exceptional Drought now, however, water use restrictions are still in place. Read more here.

On November 17, 2016, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) issued a release declaring a Level 2 Drought Response that limits outdoor watering to an odd/even (based on house numbers) schedule.

Most of northwest Georgia is under an extreme or exceptional drought. On September 9, 2016, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) issued a release declaring a Level 1 Drought Response that encourages distribution of water conservation literature as well as restricted outdoor water use.  With winter fast approaching, little more is expected to be done by the state to alleviate the effects of the drought.  

Below average rainfall is expected throughout most of the state for the remaining months of the year.  Here are three tips on ways you can save water now for use later:

  1. Fix leaks- fixing toilet leaks will save 73,000 gallons PER toilet annually
  2. Update fixtures- replace pre-1994 toilets with low-flow models to save 6,900 galls PER person PER toilet
  3. Update appliances- replacing pre-1993 clothes washing machine with a WaterSense model will save 3450 gallons at 4 loads PER week

For more information, use our No Time To Waste guide to become more water smart, energy smart and garden smart!

Neighborhood Water Watch Reaches 10,000 Samples in 2016!

10,000 Samples!!! Neighborhood Water Watch is on fire!

This sample and 9,999 samples like it have helped us find and stop over 30 sources of pollution through Neighborhood Water Watch!! Thanks to volunteers like YOU, E.coli levels have dropped in the river!! Life is good; get out and enjoy what the river has to offer!  If you are interested in sampling in your neighborhood waterway, contact Mike Meyer to get started!

Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Named #1 “Most Endangered”

American Rivers announced today its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in Alabama, Florida and Georgia the Most Endangered in the country. Outdated water management and rising demand have put the basin at a breaking point.

The water conflict that has gripped the region for almost three decades has come to a head with Florida’s U.S. Supreme Court suit against Georgia and the latest attempt by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to update its protocols of managing the basin.

We are calling on the governors of Alabama, Florida and Georgia to swiftly act to form a transparent, water-sharing agreement that protects the rivers, and on the USACE to significantly improve water management to sustain river health.

The annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates. Rivers are chosen for the list based on the following criteria: 1) The magnitude of the threat, 2) A critical decision-point in the coming year and 3) The significance of the river to people and nature.

CRK has long worked to find an equitable solution to the tri-state water conflict and will continue to advocate for solutions to ensure that current and future generations have enough clean water. Our work in this area includes:

Read more about this development in the AJC here >>


Community Spotlight

We would like to thank Cox Enterprises for their long-time support of CRK. Cox has provided invaluable resources to CRK from financial support to volunteer hours and endless media coverage, Cox has been right alongside CRK for over 20 years.

We are also very appreciative of long-time CRK Board Member Bill Hoffman, retiring President of Cox Media Group, and excited to welcome Marian Pittman, EVP Digital Strategy & Research of Cox Media Group.  We look forward to continuing our great partnership in 2017!