Federal Water Laws and Policy

Getting involved as an advocate in protecting your rivers in an important, exciting, and invigorating process – but it can be confusing. Laws and policies that affect our waterways can come from a myriad of government agencies at the federal, state and local levels. Often, multiple agencies or officials can have jurisdiction over a certain matter.

To stay up-to-date on policy developments affecting Georgia’s rivers, become a member of the Georgia Water Coalition. The Coalition is an important vehicle for monitoring policy developments at the state, local and federal levels, and for working together to advocate  strong protections for our waterways. And, for updates and insights on the latest news affecting the state’s waters, visit Georgia River Network’s policy-focused news blog, the Georgia Water Wire. You can also sign up to receive important Action Alerts by joining the Georgia Environmental Action Network.

Below, you will find a breakdown of important federal, state and local laws and agencies that impact water:


The Clean Water Act

Endangered Species Act

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Army Corps of Engineers