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?
That the word Chattahoochee means painted rock in the Cherokee language. The Cherokee made their homes along the Chattahoochee River for thousands of years until they were forced out in the 1830s.