The Water System in Georgia

Water connects all of us in Georgia

We all know that water’s a vital part of life. It is essential for agricultural, industrial, and household use as well as for basic human health and economic development.

Right now, Georgia water systems are in danger. A proposed mining project threatens the Okefenokee Swamp, an important resource that is home to some of Georgia’s most treasured wildlife. Single use plastics are endangering marine environments. And coal ash is polluting our water with lead, mercury, and other heavy metals.

To support our life, our health, and our economy we need a healthy water system all the way from watershed, to marsh, to stream, to river, to estuary, to ocean.  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 in supporting our water system.

Georgia River Basins. From (https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B1385&title=Water%20Issues%20in%20Georgia:%20A%20Survey%20of%20Public%20Perceptions%20and%20Attitudes%20about%20Water)

Learn About Water

Simple Steps to Support Water Systems

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

Coal Ash, the leftover waste from burning coal, can seep into the water and soil, affecting Georgian’s health and well-being.

Okefenokee Swamp

A strip mine is proposed near the Okefenokee Swamp. So far, the science points to temporary and/or permanent damage.

Coastal Stewardship

Georgia's coast is beautiful and home to vibrant ecosystems that support people, animals, and nature.

Sci4GA's Scavenger Hunt to the Sea

Explore water through an online (and in person) journey through Georgia’s Connected Waterways – featuring stops from 12 amazing water organizations around the state. Complete every online stop by Oct 31 to qualify for prizes. Find more information here.

Water Organizations

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!