The Rural Georgia Protection Alliance—a coalition of county leaders in Wilkes, Warren, Elbert, Oglethorpe, and Madison counties—is recognized by the Georgia Water Coalition as one of this year’s Clean 13. It’s a designation the coalition says goes to individuals, businesses, industries, non-profits, and governmental agencies working for cleaner rivers.
From the Ga Water Coalition…
This year’s Clean 13 Report recognizes the following:
- Andy Jones (Glynn County) Jones’ citizen journalism helped tell the full story of the Golden Ray disaster in St. Simons Sound.
- Ball Corporation (Floyd County) This Georgia manufacturer is producing infinitely recyclable aluminum drink cups and promoting recycling worldwide.
- Rep. Darlene Taylor (Thomas County) This Thomasville lawmaker is leading the fight to protect the Okefenokee Swamp.
- Harold Harbert (Fulton County) A 25-year employee of Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Harbert has grown the state’s volunteer citizen water monitoring program.
- Horsepen Creek Improvement Team (Camden County) A public-private partnership eliminates bacteria pollution to restore local swimming holes.
- Kathleen Bowen and Association County Commissioners of Georgia (Fulton County) Local government advocates help restore funding for Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste Trust Funds.
- Utility Scale Solar Siting Initiative (Newton County) Stakeholders group develops recommendations for developing large-scale solar arrays.
- Mark Wilson (Gwinnett County) Citizen scientist and kayaker works to protect and promote Yellow River.
- Partnership for the Upper Coosa (Northwest Georgia) Multiple groups collaborate to secure funding to protect Northwest Georgia’s aquatic biodiversity.
- Peachtree City Water & Sewerage Authority (Fayette County) Utility invests in cellular-based monitoring system for its sewer lines and pump stations to prevent sewage overflows and save time and money.
- Rural Georgia Protection Alliance (Madison, Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Warren and Elbert counties) Coalition of county leaders bands together to get state-level action to better regulate the distribution of “soil amendments.”
- Rep. Sanford Bishop (Dougherty County) Congressman uses influence to secure funding to fix Albany’s sewer system and restore flows to Radium Springs.
- Stevens Hill Inc. (Liberty County) Stevens family works to protect and steward some 10,000 acres of marshes and maritime and upland forest along the Georgia coast.
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