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, 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.  

Water is a finite resource, use too much of it in one place, or pollute a source in another, and downstream there is not enough for others.  

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!

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)

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

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.

Do More

Our friends at Georgia Water Collation have put together an action page where you can learn more about important water issues.

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!