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!

1/27/2010
Dan MacIntyre