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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -It's a vital part of south Georgia, but many of us take the Flint River for granted. Last year, an environmental group named it the second most endangered river in the country because of proposals for dams.

Thursday night,  people paddled down the Flint to enjoy its beauty and learn about protecting it. Laura Lindsey has never paddled down the Flint before, but she looks forward to the adventure.

"My dad suggested we go canoeing on the river so I'm excited,"said Lindsey.

Volunteer Guide Steve Rainey and his group put their canoes in at the Georgia Power Dam and paddled to the shore near the riverquarium downtown.

"It's a wonderful recreation resource and most endangered because of the dam building north of the fall line to provide water for metro Atlanta.

He says it's home to several species of turtles and other animals. If dams prevent the flow of water to southwest Georgia, some of the animals that Lindsey came to see could soon be threatened. The one hour tour down the flint comes to an end.

"It was a gorgeous trip and everybody loved it. Everyone was a good paddler so we didn't have any trouble and we just came right on down," said guide, Steve Rainey.

Lindsey hopes people can appreciate the sights and sounds of nature that flow right through the heart of Albany.

More canoe trips down the river are planned to support the Flint Riverquarium. They cost $25.  For more information, call the riverquarium at 639-2650.

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