The Water System in Georgia
Water connects all of us in Georgia
Water is a basic building block and necessity for all life. It is essential for agricultural, industrial, and household use for basic human health and economic development. Caring for water and water systems is vital to make sure we have enough to use to drink, grow crops, support fishing, support tourism, and mitigate storm and drought damage.
To support our life, health, and economy, we need a healthy water system from watershed, to marsh to stream to river to estuary to ocean.
Water is a finite resource. Use too much of it in one place, or pollute a source in another, and there is not enough for others downstream.
We can work with resilient natural systems to make this happen or we can attempt to replicate their function through artificial means. By looking at this issue through the lens of One Health - we can deliver solutions that are effective for people, animals, and nature.
Check out the resources below to learn more and to get involved!
Learn About Water
Ways You Can Make a Difference
From your backyard, to a hike near a stream, to a day at the beach - small changes can have a big impact.
Specific Issues in Georgia
Lead in School Water
Lead is in drinking water at schools, but there are no state standards for testing, safe levels, or remediation.
Coal Ash, the leftover waste from burning coal, can seep into the water and soil, affecting Georgian’s health and well-being.
A strip mine is proposed near the Okefenokee Swamp. So far, the science points to temporary and/or permanent damage.
Georgia's coast is beautiful and home to vibrant ecosystems that support people, animals, and nature.
Learn more about Georgia Water Stewards by clicking on their icon. Each group offers ways to learn more about them and ways to get involved!