NEWS

13 Disturbing Things About Rayonier and the Altamaha

13 Disturbing Things to Know about Rayonier, the Altamaha River and why Rayonier has been able to pollute the river virtually at will for more than 60 years. If the abuse that the river has suffered from Rayonier’s practices  concerns you, call or email:  Jim Giattina, Water Division Director U.S. EPA – Region IV 61 […]


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Court: Buffers not required for freshwater marshes

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled 6-1 that state law does not require a buffer against development around freshwater marshes, swamps and other bodies of water where the flow is not sufficient to wash away plants — so called “wrested vegetation.” The ruling seemed to suggest that the Court felt it had no options given […]


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Wildlife plan seeks ‘less conflict with nature’

Dozens of scientists in and out of government, businesses and advocacy organizations were in on a two-year drafting process to update the State Wildlife Action Plan first enacted 10 years ago. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires each state to update plans every decade in order to receive federal grants that pay the majority […]


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Fishing licenses are a’changing — Now is your chance to voice your opinion June 15-25th

A Message from Protect Georgia and Altamaha Riverkeeper Hunting and Fishing Licenses – Is It Time for Change? On May 13 the Wildlife Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources (WRD) announced a public input process to examine hunting and fishing license types and the fees that are charged for these privileges. Their scoping […]


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South River’s Paddle’s Coming Up!

Full-ride and Fun for Beginner Paddlers Scholarships are available for first time and beginner paddlers to experience the South River thanks to the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance and a grant from the National Park Foundation and Subaru. SRWA’s South River paddles will introduce adults and youth ages 10-17 to the river, the importance of […]


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Georgia DOT Denies Palmetto Pipeline Certificate

May 19, 2015 Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Department of Transportation has denied Kinder Morgan’s application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. The certificate, if approved, would allow the company to use eminent domain to gain private land for the construction of their 360-mile petroleum pipeline. The decision comes after months of meetings, […]


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Atlanta’s remarkable watershed mural

  By Charles Seabrook “Atlanta watershed” is a mural along DeKalb Ave. in the Lake Claire neighborhood of Atlanta?  This amazing mural, nearly as long as a football field, is in two halves. One side depicts the Chattahoochee and its tributaries from headwaters to where it meets with the Apalachicola and flows into the Gulf. The […]


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Think Like a River

By Joni House President, Altamaha Riverkeeper “We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future genera- tions.” – David Brower, 1912 – 2000 Since I first encountered this quotation I’ve been puzzled by what lies beyond the poetry of the language. What did David […]


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Round One Goes to Rayonier

For decades, Rayonier’s plant in Jesup, GA has discharged its industrial waste into the Altamaha, produc ing a long plume of dark stain that is so vivid that it appears clearly visible in photos taken by orbiting satellites.  Up close, Rayonier’s effluent not only insults the river water’s clarity and beauty, it also assaults one’s […]


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2015 Legislative Update – Not very encouraging

In spite of the overall pummeling that water, river, and coastal issues took at the hands of legislators in Atlanta this session, there were several bright spots. Our fearless Riverkeeper Jen cut her Riverkeeper teeth biting on the marble at the capitol in Atlanta on behalf of the Altamaha and its watershed! Here are some […]


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