“We wished we didn’t need to publish this report,” said Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, the coalition’s executive director and riverkeeper with the Coosa River Basin Initiative. “But, every year, new threats to Georgia’s water arise and unfortunately, the state’s lax enforcement of environmental laws and its failure to fully-fund important environmental programs continues.”
The oil from the capsized Golden Ray cargo ship that has reached Georgia beaches and marshes is a new addition to the annual list after the vessel capsized in September.
Concerns on the list for at least a second time include proposed plans from Georgia Power for coal ash cleanup and pollution from the from the Rayonier Advanced Materials chemical pulp mill in Jesup into the Altamaha River.
“Addressing these issues through stronger enforcement of clean water laws, legislative action and sound permitting and policy decisions by state and federal agencies will ultimately lead to cleaner, healthier streams, rivers, lakes and estuaries,” said Joe Cook, a member of the coalition. “These actions must take place so there will be enough clean water for current Georgians and for future generations.”