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GWC Partner Meetings
Please save the dates for our final 2016 Partner Meetings at the Georgia Wildlife Federation's Alcovy Center: November 17
The Georgia Water Coalition recently held its spring partner meeting in Covington at the Georgia Wildlife Federation's Alcovy Conservation Center. 70 people attended representing 45 of our GWC partner organizations. People from around the state gathered to learn more about current water issues in Georgia and network with fellow conservationists. After lunch the attendees broke into 5 groups to have 11 quick-fire discussions around strategic questions related to the GWC's new strategic plan. The next GWC partner meeting will be in Covington on July 27th and will focus on revising the GWC Biennial Report: Recommendations for a Healthy Water Future.
GWC 2016 Capitol Conservation Day
GWC honors Water Champions for Environmental Leadership
The Georgia Water Coalition granted Clean Water Champion Awards to 83 legislators who took action to protect Georgia’s rivers, lakes and coastal marshes during the General Assembly’s 2015 Legislative Session.
Two ceremonies took place in metro Atlanta and on the coast. On Tuesday, May 12, the GWC hosted a BBQ awards luncheon in conjunction with GWC’s biannual meeting with representatives from many of our 220 partners at the Alcovy Conservation Center. The second ceremony took place on Wednesday June 24 at the Effingham County High School in conjunction with Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia, which hosted over 400 Georgians on a weeklong paddle down the Ogeechee River.
The 2015 legislative session saw intense debate over water, transportation, energy and other quality of life issues. Many members of the General Assembly crafted solutions to Georgia’s environmental problems, defended property rights and advocated for plentiful supplies of clean water.
“The Georgia Water Coalition appreciates the hard work of our clean water champions in the General Assembly,” said Colleen Kiernan, Sierra Club Georgia Chapter. “Our water will be cleaner because of the decisions some legislators made.”
The GWC recognized 56 Representatives and 27 Senators (see attached list) who specifically advocated for GWC priorities and voted in support of the GWC’s position on one or more bills, including: House Bills 255 and 397, and Senate Bills 101 and 139.
HB 255: LEEDing Nowhere Advances
HB 397: Dirty Water Roll Back
SB 101: Coastal Buffer Protected
SB 139: Grounding “Plastic Bags Everywhere”
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