Current River Issues

Georgia River Network follows and tracks a number of issues all year long.  Put simply, we follow issues that affect clean water, water supply and enjoyment of Georgia’s streams, rivers, and reservoirs.

There are two primary ways for you follow the issues and learn about our thinking on the issues.

First, visit the Georgia Water Coalition (GWC) website . GRN is a member of the GWC’s Leadership Team and our legislative priorities are closely aligned with the GWC’s.  Every year the GWC produces a Dirty Dozen Report that exposes the worst offenses to Georgia’s waterways.  The Dirty Dozen  is required reading for anybody who wants to know about the most pressing the issues.

Second, follow the Georgia Water Wire .  The Georgia Water Wire is designed to provide more than news – the intent is offer analysis and commentary on water quality and supply issues.  The secondary goals are to place current events in state-wide, regional, and historical contexts where appropriate but always backed by evidence.

Once you know the issues and understand the thinking about them, please make a choice to join us and get involved!

And if you have any questions or ideas, do not hesitate to contact us.

I want information on current water policy issues....

Great! Here are a few things you can do to stay up-to-date on issues that affect your river:

  • The Georgia Water Coalition is a group of over 180 organization working to make clean water a priority in Georgia law and policy. Click here to view their website

  • Visit our Current River Issues page, which helps you keep up with the important issues Georgia River Network  is working on.

  • Sign up for the Georgia Environmental Action Network's action alert e-mails, which let you customize the handful of e-mails you'll receive from GEAN each year to the news you most want to stay informed.

  • Keep up with the news -- subscribe to our Georgia Water Wire blog. We trawl the news every week for the important issues that matter to you and your rivers and give you a rundown about what it all might mean!



Dam Removal Toolkit

Visit www.americanrivers.org.

Clean Water Act and Permitting

For a general overview of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, click here! For a description of the 404(q) process (the process that kicks in when the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers disagree over issuing a permit), click here! Have you heard the term 401 certification? This is the process by which the State of Georgia gives water quality certification for a proposed permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For more info, click here!

River Network has a great online tutorial to help you learn the ins-and-outs of the Clean Water Act.

Wetlands and General Information

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has lots of great information and fact sheets about wetlands in general at: https://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands. As most (if not all) reservoir projects in Georgia have some impact on wetlands, the regulatory system related to wetlands applies as part of the reservoir permitting process.



Learn more about Georgia Water Coalition


Georgia’s State Water Plan and Regional Water Planning information can be found here.


Click here for more information.


To view river basin management plans, click here or send a check made out to EPD for $20 per copy to:

Theresa Hankerson
4220 International Parkway, Suite 101
Atlanta, GA 30354


SERFC WRO is intended to provide long-term hydrometeorological information relevant to river systems across Southern Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and a portion of Mississippi. Visit the website here.



Alliance for Water Efficiency

Water efficiency information

Georgia Water Coalition

Fact Sheet on Metro Atlanta Water Use

Georgia Water Wise Council

The Georgia Water Wise Council encourages water conservation in every sector including manufacturing, the green industry, agriculture, commercial businesses, government, and the general public. Click here.

EPA Water Conservation Resources

Click here

EPD Water Conservation Website

This site includes links to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Water Conservation Requirements, Water Use and Conservation Facts, and Educational Tools.

Water Conservation Throughout the Home