The
Georgia General Assembly is in sesson, and no
river is safe for 40 days and 40 nights. What can
you do about this? Sign the Petition to Protect
Georgia’s Waterways.

Over 1100 people have
now signed the No Water Grabs petition – can
you? Go to www.nowatergrabs.com to let your
elected leaders know you want all Georgia waterways
protected.

Georgia is home to more than
70,000 miles of rivers and streams, but with
a population of 9.8 million people, these abundant
water resources are being strained. This
is especially true in Metro Atlanta, where half
of the state’s residents are located.

Some believe
that the abundant water resources of Georgia’s
smaller cities (the rivers in which we paddle)
should be piped to Metro Atlanta to support
its continued growth. This process is usually
referred to as “interbasin transfer” because
water is moved from one river basin to another
and not returned. Such transfers could significantly
impact the economic future of Georgia’s
smaller communities, threaten the natural
heritage of our state and dry up the river that
we love to paddle.

A better alternative is water
conservation and efficiency. Metro Atlanta could
save between 130 and 210 million gallons of water
per day by implementing water efficiency and conservation. Interbasin Transfers are costly,
very controversial and would take a long time
to provide drinking water. The cost of efficiency
measures range from $0.46 to $250 per
1,000 gallons saved or new capacity. Water efficiency
FIRST is the most cost-effective and timely
solution.

Let your elected leaders know you want
all Georgia communities and waterways protected
– go to www.nowatergrabs. com today and
tell your friends, particularly your paddling friends!