Rising River Waters Can Kill!
Watch for rapidly rising river levels on the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries. Water released from dams and heavy rain can turn a day on the river into a tragedy! More »
Call for Water Release Schedule
With colder temperatures you can expect longer and more frequent water releases. For water release schedule info, call 1-855-DAM-FLOW (1-855-326-3569) for Buford Dam and 404-329-1455 for Morgan Falls Dam. Save numbers to your cell! More »
Chattahoochee River Receives $10,000 for BacteriAlert Program 8/17/04
Contact: Nancy Poe, Chief of Resource Education, 678-538-1241
It was only one month ago that the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area publicly announced the ending of a vital program, BacteriALERT. Over the past three years, the program has been on the decline due to lack of funding. What once was a daily water sampling of the river has moved to three times a week and soon was going to end all together.
Founded in 1972, the Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit land conservation working to protect land and waterways for human enjoyment and well-being. The Chattahoochee River Land Protection Campaign was started in the mid 1990's. The goal of the campaign is to protect central Georgia's drinking water and provide recreational opportunities by creating a 180-mile greenway along the banks of the Chattahoochee- a greenway that would stretch from Helen to Lake Lanier to Columbus, Georgia.
The BacteriALERT program, a partnership program with United States Geological Survey (USGS), Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and the Environmental Protection Division (EPD), is designed to provide information to the public on river quality. The yellow signs placed in the park are flipped open and websites updated when the levels of bacteria are high. Potential river users may then use this information to make informed decisions as to the location or what type of recreation they or their families wish to partake. The fisherman, boaters, and paddlers especially, have expressed significant interest and appreciation with the program. "Informed decisions assist visitors in having a safe visit to Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, stated Superintendent Kevin Cheri. Without additional financial support, this very important program will no longer be available to serve park visitors."
For more information or to show your support on the BacteriALERT program, please contact the park at 678-538-1200.
Did You Know?
All Trout have a protective membrane or "slime coat" that covers their scales and is their first line of defense against infection and disease. Damage to this coating can severely hurt the fish. Wetting your hands or limiting contact with the fish increases the likelihood that the fish will survive.