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Design and Maintenance:
Lumpkin Coalition supports the goals of Georgia Adopt-a-Stream, a volunteer water quality monitoring program, to: (1) increase public awareness of the State’s nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues, (2) provide citizens with the tools and training to evaluate and protect their local waterways, (3) encourage partnerships between citizens and their local government, and (4) collect quality baseline water quality data. To accomplish these goals, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream encourages individuals and communities to monitor and/or improve sections of streams, wetlands, lakes or estuaries and provides the necessary manuals, training, and technical support to interested groups.
A number of LC volunteers have received the initial monitoring training. With individuals taking responsibility for specific points along the Chestatee, Etowah, and Yahoola waterways in Lumpkin County, special test kits and procedures are used to collect water quality data, such as pH, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, and other factors. When testing is done on a regularly scheduled basis, such a monitoring program can indicate significant changes in water quality over time, help identify the causes of any deterioration, and enable cooperative efforts for improvement.
The importance of North Georgia's rivers and streams is hard to
overestimate. With the increase of population in the area and the current
drought conditions, they are increasingly under stress and need our help.
The Lumpkin Coalition has implemented a committee to address water
issues in North Georgia. Activities include monitoring the health of local
waterways, advocating for water quality and responsible use of our water
resources, and assisting in the organization of and participation in river
clean-ups, among other projects.
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Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the State including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. Held annually each October, Rivers Alive is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division's Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs' Keep Georgia Beautiful Program, in cooperation with Help the Hooch.
For the seventh year, Lumpkin Coalition sponsored a cleanup of the Etowah and Chestatee Rivers as part of the Rivers Alive effort for clean and healthy rivers. Volunteers of all ages -- paddlers as well as land-based teams -- participate in the day- long event, clean up tons of refuse and debris, and have fun
in the process. Watch for the date for this year and come join in!