“Dirty Dozen” pollution sites named by Georgia Water Coalition

The Georgia Water Coalition on Wednesday named its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of what the group called some of the worst offenses to the state’s waters.

The coalition, which includes 228 conservation and environmental organizations, said the list is not ranked in any particular order. It names endangered areas across the state and the reasons they are under threat, including what the group said was inadequate state funding, a lack of political will to enforce existing protections and misguided policies.

Despite the problems, which include at least five locations previously named by the group in years past, members recognized one "good news" issue for the state: Gov. Nathan Deal's continued opposition to a proposed 360-mile petroleum pipeline to carry fuel along the Savannah River from Augusta to Savannah.

"We issue this report as a call to action for the citizens of Georgia and our state and federal leaders," said Joe Cook of the Coosa River Basin Initiative, which is near one of the sites on this year's list:

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