published Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Coosa River named to Georgia's 'Dirty Dozen' list of polluted rivers


by Andy Johns
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    Michael Hill swings on a vine on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, while swimming in the Coosa River at Corn Creek Park. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Amanda Sowards)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The river that drains most of Northwest Georgia has been named one of the state’s “Dirty Dozen” by the Georgia Water Coalition.

On its list released Saturday, the coalition included the Coosa River, which is formed from water that starts in the Conasauga, Oostanaula, Coosawattee, Chattooga and other Northwest Georgia streams.

The group says its list is “exposing the worst offenses to Georgia’s water” and blames funding cuts to Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division. The cuts, combined with a lack of political will to enforce environmental laws, have put the streams in the condition they are in, group officials say.

Jerry McCollum, president of the Georgia Wildlife Federation and a founding member of the coalition, said the list “is a call to action.”

“The sites populating this list are only poster children for the larger problem of a system that is failing to protect our water, our fish and wildlife and our communities,” he said.

For complete coverage, see Sunday's Times Free Press.

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

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