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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.

2017 Dirty Dozen Report

2017 Dirty Dozen Report

2017 Introduction

Altamaha River: Pulp mill pollution continues, EPD defends polluter. (Jesup/Wayne County)

Coosa River: U.S. EPA halts clean water rules for power plants to keep toxic discharges flowing into the river. (Rome/Floyd County)

Coosa River: Lack of funding leads to failure to conduct pollution studies and delays river cleanup plan. (Rome/Floyd County)

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

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

Georgia’s Well Water: Disposal of coal ash at ill-suited municipal landfills threatens drinking water. (Statewide)

Georgia’s Wetlands: U.S. EPA efforts to gut clean water act leave streams, wetlands without protections. (Statewide)

Lake Sinclair: Coal ash pond cleanups send toxins into a popular reservoir. (Milledgeville/Baldwin, Putnam, Hancock counties)

Savannah River: Natural gas facility poses risk to Savannah, U.S. energy independence. (Savannah/Chatham County)

Savannah River: Risky nuclear boondoggle harms rivers, ratepayers, and taxpayers. (Waynesboro/Burke County)

Terry Creek: Toxic Cleanup Plan Leaves Brunswick Residents at Risk (Brunswick/Glynn County)

Whitewater Creek: Private reservoir proposal tries to tap into state dollars. (Butler, Oglethorpe and Montezuma/Taylor and Macon counties)

UPDATES: Previous Years' Dirty Dozen Items: Sabal Trail Pipeline, Fracking Laws, Nuclear Proposal on the Chattahoochee River, Coal Ash Dump in Wayne County

Previous Dirty Dozen Reports

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