For more than a century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has dredged and re- engineered the Savannah River along the Georgia-South Carolina border. First, in the 1930s by straightening dozens of the river’s natural bends or “oxbows,” and more recently, by dredging the Savannah Harbor. The result of these projects is a river that no longer can function as nature intended. The Savannah’s diminished ability to filter and dilute pollutants threatens aquatic wildlife and creates challenges for communities and businesses that discharge treated sewage or industrial waste into the river. Now, thanks to the support of water utilities along the river and Savannah Riverkeeper, the Savannah is on the brink of a multi-million dollar project that could restore the river’s natural flows and functions and improve its health from Augusta to Savannah.
Georgia Water Coalition’s 2018 Clean 13 report highlights the efforts of individuals, businesses, industries, non-profit organizations and state and local governments who are protecting our water, restoring the health of Georgia’s waterways and preserving them for future generations.
The Coalition is a consortium of more than 250 conservation and environmental organizations, hunting and fishing groups, businesses, and faith-based organizations that have been working to protect Georgia’s water since 2002.