Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen 2014
A Call to Action

The GWC is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Dirty Dozen list. The Georgia Water Coalition publishes the annual Dirty Dozen list as a call to action, highlighting the worst offenses to Georgia’s water—offenses that are the consequences of an under-funded state environmental agency and a lack of political will to aggressively enforce laws that protect our water, land, air and people.

  • Is your watershed beset by ongoing problems that local, state, or federal authorities fail to correct?
  • Does a land development, water supply or other major proposed project threaten a special place in your community or region?
  • Is a local, municipal or industrial facility fouling your river?

If the answer is yes, nominate your issue for the 2014 Dirty Dozen list. To submit your nomination, please fill out this form. Deadline to submit your nomination: Aug. 15.

Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen 2013

Read the 2013 Dirty Dozen Report or the Press Release

Floridan Aquifer: Water Injection Schemes Gamble with South Georgia ’s Pristine Underground “Lake”

Chattahoochee and Etowah Rivers: Governor’s Water Supply Program Wastes Tax Dollars & Incites More Water Conflicts with Neighbors

Flint River: Pumps, Dams, Diversions & State Water Policy Create Man-Made Drought

Altamaha River: Pulp Mill in Jesup Continues to Foul Georgia’s Largest River

Flat Creek: Polluted Runoff in Chicken Capital Sends Bacteria to Stream Feeding Lake Lanier

Ocmulgee River: Coal Ash Threatens Waterways and Communities In the Home of Fried Green Tomatoes

Satilla River: Toxic Legacy in Waycross Needs Further Investigations, Cleanups

Savannah River: Massive Water Withdrawals for Nuclear, Coal-Fired Power Plants Threaten River’s Health, Drinking Water

Lake Alice: Dam Breach Disaster in Cumming Highlights Need for Better Dam Safety

Georgia Coast: Proposed Changes to Coastline Laws Roll Back Long-Standing Protections

Hurricane Creek: Illegal Playground for Off-Road Vehicles Sends Mountains of Sediment to Trout Stream

Oconee and Ogeechee Rivers: Dirty Coal-Fired Power Plant to Spew Mercury and Deplete South Georgia Rivers

Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen 2012

Read the 2012 Dirty Dozen Report or the Press Release

1. Ogeechee River: One Year After the Largest Fish Kill in State History, Pollution Continues

2. South River: Chronic Looting of Hazardous Waste Trust Fund by Legislators Leaves Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup for Another Day

3. Flat Creek: Boondoggle Reservoir Project Threatens Lake Lanier, Chattahoochee River and Downstream Communities

4. Flint River: Governor’s Water Supply Program Invests in Boondoggles Instead of Water Supply

5. Richland Creek: Unnecessary Reservoir Wastes Tax Dollars, Threatens Downstream Communities, Endangered Fish

6. Altamaha River: Rayonier Pulp Mill Fouls Georgia’s Little Amazon

7. Chattahoochee River: State Fails to Ensure Critical Minimum Flows at Atlanta

8. Satilla River: Army Corps of Engineers Action Needed to Restore Fisheries in Coastal Waters

9. Allen Creek: Politically-Connected Landfill Operators Threaten Streams, Minority Community

10. Tired Creek: Unnecessary Fishing Lake Puts Taxpayers on the Hook, Threatens Downstream Communities

11. Savannah River: Two New Nuclear Reactors Threaten Health of Savannah River, Needlessly Waste Limited Water Supplies

12. Pachitla Creek: Georgia Legislators Loot Trust Funds Intended for Cleanup of Tire Dumps, Leaving their Home Communities at Risk


Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen 2011

Read the 2011 Dirty Dozen Report or the Press Release

1. Ogeechee River: Polluter Devastates Ogeechee for Five Years and Goes Undetected by EPD

2. Altamaha River: Rayonier Pulp Mill Discharge Destroys Fisheries

3. Savannah River: Costly Harbor Dredging Wrecks Savannah River Estuary

4. Chattahoochee River: Critical Minimum Flow Neglected at Atlanta

5. Shoal Creek and Flat Creek: Unnecessary Reservoirs Threaten Downstream Communities, Endangered Species and Public Coffers

6. Oconee & Ogeechee Rivers: Speculative Coal Plant Permitted Even Though it is Unneeded and Will Harm Water, Air and Fisheries

7. Flint River: Flint River Sucked Dry as EPD Allows Too Many Withdrawals

8. Coastal Wetlands: Docks in Georgia’s Tidal Wetlands Spoil the “Marshes of Glynn”

9. South Georgia Wetlands: Four Decades of Ditches Dry Out South Georgia Wetlands

10. Broad River: Waste Disposal “Farm” Fouls the Broad River

11. Brier & Commissioner Creeks: Fish Dying In Kaolin Country and EPD Doesn ’t Know Why

12. Coosa River: Coal-fired Power Plant’s Water Withdrawal and Heated Water Discharge Threaten River ’s Health

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