Georgia Magazine - October 2019 - 21

GWYNETH MOODY / GEORGIA RIVER NETWORK

JOE COOK

Above: Volunteers pull trash and debris from the Etowah River in North
Georgia during a cleanup event. Right: River kayaks line the banks of
the Withlacoochee River in south-central Georgia.

Everyone can get involved
Riverkeepers and watershed groups monitor, defend,
protect and restore the state's rivers, lakes and streams. Jesse
Demonbreun-Chapman, the executive director and riverkeeper
of the Coosa River Basin Initiative (Upper Coosa Riverkeeper),
believes everyone has a vested interest in keeping rivers clean
and flowing.
"Everyone can be a champion of the river," DemonbreunChapman says. "Nearly everyone, regardless of age or ability,
can participate in a community river cleanup."
He mentions that the Georgia Environmental Protection
Division's Rivers Alive program hosts fall weekend cleanups
throughout the state. More than 464,000 volunteers have
plucked 111 million pounds of garbage from 32,000 miles of
waterways since 1999.

But there are other ways to get involved as well.
In 2016, after folks became concerned that fracking (the
process of using pressurized liquid to force open subterranean
fissures to extract oil or gas) could possibly contaminate the
water of Northwest Georgia, Demonbreun-Chapman worked
with landowners, state lawmakers, the Southern Environmental
Law Center and others to shape state regulations ensuring that
private landowners have some say on how and where gas and
oil can be extracted in the future. Gov. Nathan Deal signed the
bill into law in May 2018.
"People began paying attention. They showed up to
town hall meetings, listened and voiced their own opinions,"
Demonbreun-Chapman says. "They wanted to make sure that
the rivers, streams and their private well water would be safe if
their neighbors decided to drill one day."

GWYNETH MOODY / GEORGIA RIVER NETWORK

GWYNETH MOODY / GEORGIA RIVER NETWORK

A family cools off in the
Withlacoochee River during
Fall Float.

A snorkeler enjoys Fall Float in the Flint River.

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