The Dirty Dozen presents 2014 Flint River threats

For the fourth year, the Georgia Water Coalition has released the "Dirty Dozen", a list of the twelve worst offenses to Georgia's waters. / File


For the fourth year, the Georgia Water Coalition has released the "Dirty Dozen", a list of the twelve worst offenses to Georgia's waters.

Detailed in the list are the threats to Georgia's water resources as well as the polluters and state policies that hurt Georgia property owners, wildlife and recreational activities.

This year's "Dirty Dozen" includes:

1. Georgia's Water: State water policy threatens streams, aggravates water wars, wastes tax dollars
2. Georgia's Coastal and Freshwater Wetlands: EPD refuses to enforce clean water laws
3. Floridan Aquifer: State leaders drop well water protections to experiment with risky water
4. Chattahoochee River: Weakened state agency allows industries to foul river
5. Catoosa River: Long delayed state clean up plan allows power company to continue polluting
6. Flint River: Textile manufacturer's pollution, state water policy create conundrum
7. Savannah River: Pollutants, nuclear reactors suck water and life out of Savannah
8. Georgia's Small Streams and Wetlands: National rule to protect Georgia's streams and wetland treasures under attack
9. Withlacoochee River and Floridan Aquifer: Gas pipeline treatens Southwest Georgia water, way of life
10. Turtle River: Toxic legacy poisons dolphins, drinking water
11. Satilla River: Toxic legacies threaten Waycross residents
12. Little Satilla Creek and Penholloway Creek: Titanium mine threatens wetlands, well water

Right now, three of the twelve directly affect the Flint River and the Southwest Georgia community. Baker County has the only ASR experiment, the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline threatens property owners and public uses and the Tencate textile plant in North Georgia brings pollution to the river.

Flint Riverkeeper Gordon Rogers says "that the Georgia EPD needs to do a better job with managing Georgia's water whether it be a volumetric supply or a cleanliness issue."

Rogers adds that it is important to be knowledgeable about the waterways and the threats against them where you live. To get more information, contact the Water Coalition or the Flint Riverkeepers.

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