More Permanent Protection for your River

Federal Protections

1.  Federal Wild and Scenic Designation
 
          Do we have any in Georgia?
         
Currently, Georgia has one river federally designated Wild and Scenic,
          the Chattooga River

         How do I apply for my water to become a Wild and Scenic River?
         There are two ways for a river to be designated into the National System
         1) Act of Congress
         2)The Secretary of the Interior may designate a river, that is already under state 
         protection, meets the eligibility criteria

        What protection is afforded through this designation?
        Once a wild and scenic river is designated it must be maintained in a free-flowing state. 

2. National Recreational Trail

Do we have any in Georgia?
Currently, Georgia has the Okefenokee Canoe Trail in the National Recreational Trail System. 

What protection is afforded through this designation?
The Program provides support to designated trails through promotion, technical assistance, networking and access to funding.

How do I apply for my water to become a National Recreational Trail?
Water trails may be nominated by anyone through the application process and the Secretary of Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture hold the ability to designate trails.

https://www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails/ApplyNRT. html

3. Outstanding Natural Resource Water  (ONRW)
         
          Do we have any in Georgia?
          There are no ONRWs in Georgia, but the Conasauga is currently in petition. 

What protection is afforded through this designation?
Provides waters with protection against any new or expanded point source discharges such as a factory or plant that discharges treated wastewater back into the river.

How do I apply for my water to become a Oustanding Natural Resource Water?
Any citizen or public interest group can petition for a water to be considered for ONRW designation. 

State Protections

Georgia State Scenic Designation

Do we have any in Georgia?
Yes we have 4 state scenic rivers in Georgia.  Jacks River (16 miles), Conasauga River (17 miles), Chattooga River (34 miles), and Ebenezer Creek (7 miles).

What protection is afforded through this designation?
Once designated no dam or other structure may be built that would impede the natural flow.

How do I apply for my water to become a State Scenic River?
Any citizen or public interest group can petition for Georgia State Scenic Designation.