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Let’s protect Georgia streams! Please A

December 21, 2015

Let’s protect Georgia streams!

Please Act NOW to Protect Georgia Streams with a Buffer

All of Georgia’s waterways are supposed to be protected by a 25-foot buffer. On cold water trout streams in North Georgia that buffer is 50 feet. These protected areas help keep water clean, protect habitat for fish and wildlife, and prevent damage to streamside property.

This summer the Georgia Supreme Court ruled on a legal case GRN initiated in 2012. The Supreme Court’s decision places the protection of Georgia’s creeks, streams and rivers in question. The high court limited the methods used by Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to determine streamside protection zones to a single, narrow test: buffers are to be measured only from the point of “wrested vegetation.” Not all waterways have wrested vegetation, however, which leaves many of the state’s streams, creeks and rivers without a protected buffer.

GRN is actively engaged in working on a solution to this problem. And we need YOUR help. To learn more about the issue and TAKE ACTION, visit: http://www.protectgeorgia.org http://ow.ly/i/flC4r

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