NEWS

Riverkeeper Raises Coal Ash Concerns at Lake Sinclair

Member Alert for Community Near the Harlee Branch Coal Plant on Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, GA 1/5/2016–The Altamaha River watershed received massive flooding over the holidays, swelling rivers and lakes. Altamaha Riverkeeper (ARK) regularly monitors the waters throughout the watershed, including the Lakes, in particular Lake Sinclair. ARK was concerned about the coal ash ponds at […]


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Rayonier AM Permit Allows Pollution of Altamaha to Continue

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for Rayonier Advanced Materials. EPD, which granted the permit Dec. 29, is requiring some tighter limits on discharge chemicals that reduce oxygen levels in the water and on some organic chemicals. Advocates for water quality in the Altamaha characterized the EPD […]


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Atwood Requests Reconsideration of Spit Permit

Responding to constituent concerns, Georgia Rep. Alex Atwood (R-St.Simons) has asked the DNR’s Shore Protection Committee to reconsider its decision to grant a Permit to Sea Island Acquisitions to build a groin to protect eight lots it wants to sell from further beach erosion caused largely by the groin the Sea Island company built previously further up […]


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ARK Will Pursue Options to Oppose Sea Island Groin

  The Coastal Marshlands and Shore Protection Committee has voted 2-1 to approve the proposal by Sea Island Acquisitions (SIA) to build a 350 foot groin intended to protect 8 lots the company wants to sell to high wealth individuals interested in building luxury beachfront homes. Currently, the land is undeveloped. It has been deemed […]


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ARK Helps Fight Proposed Ethanol Transfer Station

The Altamaha Riverkeeper worked with community members to help fight against a proposed ethanol transfer station in an already contaminated area near Bond Swamp in Macon.  The Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning Commission ultimately denied a conditional-use permit on that site to allow a rail spur to transfer ethanol from Norfolk Southern rail cars to Epic’s […]


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How Ga. EPD Helps Rayonier AM Avoid the Clean Water Act

The Altamaha River is designated one of The Nature Conservancy’s “75 Last Great Places.” The Altamaha River is also listed as one of Georgia River Network’s “Georgia’s Dirty Dozen.” Since 1954, Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) has violated the river with massive pulp and chemical waste discharge – 60 million gallons per day – enough to […]


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ARK Weighs in Against Sea Wall on Spit

GreenLaw, on behalf of The Altamaha Riverkeeper, the Center for a Sustainable Coast and Surfrider Foundation, has weighed in with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in opposition to the groin that Sea Island Acquisitions has proposed to build on the Sea Island Spit. SIA wants to create a beach for potential buyers of property […]


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Did YOU Make it to Clam Jam 2015?

Clam Jam 2015 hosted by Neal and Ginger Boswell at their beautiful marsh-side farm on November 7 was a great event. If you didn’t make it this year, make a note to come next fall and get in on the great auction deals, the music, the food and the fun. And check out some photos […]


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Push EPA to Urge Rayonier AM to Clean Up its Discharge

By Mark Yeager For the second time in four years, Georgia’s largest river – the Altamaha –rates among “Georgia’s Dirty Dozen,” published by the Georgia River Network, a coalition of thousands of concerned Georgia voters. The Altamaha River is “dirty” because of massive industrial wastewater pumped into it by a pulp mill. The aging saga […]


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More Land along the Altamaha Protected from Development

Altama Plantation was one of the last large tracts of land in the coastal counties of the Altamaha River. The vast property is now protected from development and will be protected and managed in perpetuity! All together, some 4,100 acres of land along the Altamaha River has been set aside for public hunting and fishing and […]


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