Satilla Riverkeeper needs your help! Take Action now to protect our Satilla:
Proposed Landfill - Brantley County Brantley County Development Partners, LLC is attempting to build a landfill in Waynesville (Brantley County). The site they have chosen contains several wetlands, is prone to flooding, and it is nearby 2 elementary schools, private residences, and churches. It is not an appropriate location for a landfill. Take Action: Sign this petitionto request that citizens are allowed to voice their concerns through the Facilities Negotiations Process.
Coal ash, the waste leftover from burning coal, is toxic. Coal ash has harmful metals, like mercury and arsenic, and other dangerous chemicals. These chemicals become even more dangerous when they enter our water supplies. Last year, Georgia's legislature created a new loophole that makes our state even more attractive for dumping toxic coal ash. Local governments can now charge private landfill operators $2.50 for every ton of regular household garbage dumped. But the legislature carved out an exception for coal ash: the surcharge for coal ash is only $1 per ton. This cheaper rate for toxic coal ash creates an incentive for private landfill companies to fill landfills with toxic coal ash. Worse, this loophole means that out-of-state coal ash is not only welcome, but encouraged. SB 123 was signed by the Governor June 29, 2020.
Proposed Mine Near Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge Twin Pines Minerals has submitted an application (application number SAS-2018-00554) to the Savannah District of US Army Corps of Engineers for a permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for a proposed mining operation. Twin Pines Minerals plans to impact over 580 acres of wetlands and over 7,000 feet of streams at the headwaters of the St. Marys River and near the Okefenokee Swamp. There is not enough information available at this point to prove that the project will not impact the hydrology of swamp and St. Marys River. The US Army Corps of Engineers should require an Environmental Impact Statement before it makes a decision on this permit application. Stay tuned for a decision from the Corps.
Increase the water quality protections for the Satilla River: People from across our watershed swim, paddle, and play in the Satilla each year. However, the state will only ensure protections for a water body's "Designated Use." Currently, the Satilla River is not designated for Recreation, which means the water quality standards are not as protective as they should be. Help us tell EPD that we use our Satilla for recreation, and it deserves higher protections!
HR 164 passed the Georgia Assembly this year, and will be on the ballot in November 2020. Amendment 1 will read "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize the General Assembly to dedicate revenues derived from fees or taxes to the public purpose for which such fees or taxes were intended?”
A "YES" vote means that fees collected for special purposes must be spent on those special purposes, not diverted into the state's general fund.