Donald Trump added Georgia Justice Britt Grant to his list of possible U.S. Supreme Court picks. Grant was chosen for Georgia’s high court in January and became the panel’s third female justice. Grant previously worked as solicitor general in the state Attorney General’s Office,. She's also worked for then-Congressman Nathan Deal and the George W. Bush administration. The president also added Atlanta-based federal court Judge Kevin Newsom to the list. Trump often cites the confirmation of Supreme
However, the division also receives dollars from the federal government and other sources, the office said. That contribution has risen by about $12.5 million since 2011.
The "dirty dozen," a list of the the 12 "worst offenses" against clean water in the state released by the coalition each year, included the continued pollution of the Coosa River, something Cook said is the direct result of the EPD not having enough money.
The division was tasked in 2004 with studying pollution in the Coosa River and Weiss Lake to determine how much waste could be released into the river while maintaining healthy water.
“EPD was supposed to have done modeling seven years ago,” said Cook, who also is the policy and communications director for the Coosa River Basin Initiative.
The list also included a few items that were affected by changes at the federal level, citing proposals by President Donald Trump’s administration, such as redefining what is protected under the federal Clean Water Act.
Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, a coalition member, said he hopes that people affected by the changes locally will advocate to keep the state’s water safe.
“To a certain extent there still is hope that local citizens are going to be quite vocal when they see the impact to their own property rights or their own quality of life,” he said. “When you’re changing something so drastically from the top down, what may be stripped away are people’s legal rights to challenge what impacts their own property.”