Each year, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) works on a legislative agenda in partnership with the Georgia Water Coalition (GWC). CRK is one of the leadership groups in the coalition, which includes more than 200 organizations representing more than 250,000 Georgians.
CRK’s work at the state Capitol is constantly evolving due to the dynamic nature of legislating. To keep up with current legislation that affects the Chattahoochee River and water resources statewide use the tools provided below:
CRK’S LEGISLATIVE WORK
CRK actively works to educate elected officials and policy makers at all levels about matters related to the protection and restoration of the Chattahoochee River Basin. Legislation can protect or enhance our natural resources or can accelerate their deterioration. CRK conducts lobbying activities, defined as promoting or opposing the passage of legislation, which includes statutory law, local legislation (limited to particular jurisdictions), and appropriations acts. Since 1994, CRK has helped promote important river protection legislation at the state level and worked to defeat anti-environmental bills.
Contrary to popular belief, nonprofit groups can lobby. The IRS has set limits on how much lobbying a 501(c)(3) organization can undertake and on the amount of money that can be spent on direct and grassroots lobbying. Therefore, CRK is very careful not to exceed these limits in our lobbying activities, most of which take place at the state Capitol.
If you have a specific question about legislation or CRK’s position on a bill, please email us here.