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Georgia's 'Dirty Dozen'
Ogeechee tops list of unclean rivers
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The Altamaha River, shown here, is one of the "Dirty Dozen" rivers listed by the Georgia River Coalition. - photo by Special
With its annual “Dirty Dozen” rivers list, the Georgia Water Coalition aims to send a wake-up call to state residents before their fresh waters are overtaken by human waste, dredging and neglect.The Ogeechee and Altamaha rivers topped the 2011 list, which the consortium of more than 180 conservation and environmental organizations released last week. “It was no surprise that the Ogeechee made the list because we had the biggest fish kill in Georgia history,” Ogeechee Riverkeeper Dianna Wedincamp said. “What I like about the ‘Dirty Dozen’ is it gives us a little bit more help getting the word out about how many offenses are happening to Georgia’s waters and how the state is underfunded and cannot do their job to protect the rivers in Georgia.”
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