The Georgia General Assembly is in session, 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!