ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Water Coalition released its list of the 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia's waters, with its annual "Dirty Dozen."
It is a list of threats to Georgia's water resources, as well as the polluters and state policies or failures that hurt Georgia property owners, downstream communities, fish and wildlife, hunters and anglers, and boaters and swimmers.
"It's an extremely risky practice. Extremely expensive. Georgia EPD and the present administration don't need to be going there so to speak. There are other solutions," said Gordon Rogers, Flint Riverkeeper.
The Coalition's full report details the history of each site and provides solutions to correct these ongoing problems and eliminate the listed threats. A short list can be found below.
including updates from previous Dirty Dozen reports is available online.
2014 Dirty Dozen
1. Georgia's Water: State Water Policy Threatens Streams, Aggravates Water Wars, Wastes Tax Dollars
2. Georgia's Coastal & Freshwater Wetlands: EPD Refuses to Enforce Clean Water Laws
3. Floridan Aquifer: State Leaders Drop Well Water Protections to Experiment With Risky Water Injection Schemes
4. Chattahoochee River: Weakened State Agency Allows Industries to Foul River
5. Coosa 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 & Floridan Aquifer: Gas Pipeline Threatens 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 & Penholloway Creek: Titanium Mine Threatens Wetlands, Well Water