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 »
Visitor Safety a Concern at Chattahoochee River NRA Due to Raw Sewage Spills 5/7/03
Contact: David Ek, Chief of Science Resource Management, 678-538-1321
Concern for visitor safety became a top priority at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area this week. Heavy rainstorms experienced in the area over the past few days has caused many sewer lines in or near the river to overload causing overflow of raw sewage into the tributary creeks and streams of the Chattahoochee River and on to the surrounding parklands. This raw sewage, including feces, toilet tissue and female hygiene products, presents a serious health concern for visitors accessing some park trails, as well as the riverbank. The Park Management Team has closed the Paces Mill area of the park.
This area of the park will remain closed until further notice.
Cobb County Water System is responsible for cleaning up Paces Mill, located off of Cobb County Parkway. This cleanup could take several days.
It is possible that additional park areas will be closed as well, depending on additional storms.
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.