Monday, February 15, 2010

Sign Petition to Protect Georgia's Waterways

Sign Petition to Protect Georgia's Waterways
Thanks for all of your efforts to protect the Altamaha Watershed, including the Oconee, the Ocmulgee, the Ohoopee, the Altamaha and the coastal estuary. ARK is working with other groups throughout the state to let our elected leaders know that we want all of Georgia's waterways protected. If you have not signed the petition below, please do so Today.

Thank you

Sign Petition to Protect Georgia's Waterways
Over 1500 people have now signed the No Water Grabs petition – can you? Go to 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 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 and threaten the natural heritage of our state.

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 today and tell your friends!

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