The Georgia Water Coalition recently released its 2020 Dirty Dozen Report, which features bodies of water in need of the most help.
The report says, “Rather than identifying the “most polluted places” in Georgia, the Georgia Water Coalition’s (GWC) Dirty Dozen report instead highlights the politics, policies and issues that threaten the health of Georgia’s water and the well being of 10 million Georgians.”
Among the list, is the Okefenokee Swamp. The Okefenokee makes its second consecutive appearance on the report due to the threat of potential mining near its borders. Changes made during the Trump administration to the Clean Water Act will allow for the company to avoid any federal oversight, leaving all decisions to the state. The Okefenokee is the largest black water swamp in America and is an intricate part of the Suwannee and St. Marys River. It also works with the Floridian Aquifer, as any withdrawls from the the aquifer can affect the swamp and all those who in habit it.
The Okefenokee is home to endangered animal and plant species and home to thousands of American Alligators.
To see the full report, visit gawater.org/resources/dirty-dozen.