The Georgia Water Coalition publishes the annual Dirty Dozen list as a call to action, highlighting the worst offenses to Georgia's water - offenses that are the consequences of an under-funded state environmental agency and a lack of political will to aggressively enforce laws that protect our water, land, air, and people.

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2018 Dirty Dozen Report

Link to media slide deck.

Links to sections of report as well as a pdf of the entire report are found below this image.

Dirty Dozen 2018 Full Report

2018 Dirty Dozen Full Report

2018 Introduction

Flat Creek: Chemical spill kills mountain stream and endangered species; highlights weak state oversight of industrial sites. (Dawsonville/Dawson County)

Altamaha River: Department of Natural Resources Board changes clean water rules to defend polluter (Jesup/Wayne County)

Georgia’s Public Health: Legislators divert funds intended for clean community programs. (Statewide)

Georgia’s Drinking Water: Powerful lobbyists secure loophole inviting out-of-state coal ash to Georgia landfills (Cherokee, Meriwether, Banks, Taylor, Chatham and Charlton counties)

Georgia’s Streams and Rivers: Legislators fail to protect vulnerable Georgia streams. (Statewide)

Cumberland Island: Proposed spaceport threatens premiere barrier islands (Camden County)

Georgia’s Coast: Gov. Nathan Deal’s silence on federal proposal to drill for oil off Georgia’s coast betrays coastal communities. (Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn and Camden counties)

Georgia’s Coast: Shoreline engineering project for luxury development threatens neighboring beaches and wildlife (Brunswick, Glynn County)

Savannah River: Nuclear money pit saddles taxpayers, utility ratepayers with billions. (Waynesboro/Burke County)

Ocmulgee River, Lake Juliette and Groundwater: Coal ash pond at Plant Scherer pollutes groundwater, threatens nearby surface water (Monroe County)

Apalachee River: Unnecessary drinking water intake threatens flows, fish and property owners (Walton, Morgan and Greene counties)

Georgia’s Wetlands: Federal assault on Clean Water Act threatens Georgia’s water. (Statewide)

Updates on 2017 Dirty Dozen

Press Release - Dirty Dozen 2018 - Dirty Politics Lead to Dirty Water



Previous Dirty Dozen Reports

Georgia Water Coalition Dirty Dozen 2017








2017 Dirty Dozen Report

Georgia Water Coalition's Dirty Dozen 2016

Georgia Water Coalition's Dirty Dozen 2014

Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen 2012

Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen 2015

Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen 2013

Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen 2011