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.

2020 Dirty Dozen Report

Nominate for the 2020 Dirty Dozen Report

Nomination deadline - August 31, 2020.
For any questions about nomination, email Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman at [email protected]

The Georgia Water Coalition’s 2019 Dirty Dozen report highlights the politics, policies and pollution that pose the greatest risks to Georgia’s water and her 10 million citizens.

2019 Dirty Dozen Press Release

Audio File of Press Conference Held on November 14

Press Slide Deck in pdf format



Read the Full Report in pdf format or view the individual pages below.   


Report Introduction

Altamaha River: Rayonier Advanced Materials chemical pulp mill in Jesup makes record seventh appearance in Dirty Dozen report.

Chattahoochee River: Georgia Power Company determines “safe” coal ash cleanup plans for power plants in Cobb, Coweta and Carroll counties while Georgia leaders are idle on stronger requirements.

Coosa River: Suspect coal ash disposal plan threatens river and groundwater.

Ocmulgee River: Coal ash ponds pollute drinking water in Monroe and Macon-Bibb counties.

St. Marys River: Legislative loophole invites out-of-state toxic coal ash to Georgia landfills, including one in Charlton County

Georgia’s Public Health: Legislative budget writers continue stealing from environmental funds and delay hazardous waste cleanups.

Terry Creek: Proposed federal cleanup plan for toxic site in Brunswick leave locals fuming.

Georgia’s Headwater Streams: Rollback to federal environmental rules endanger national forests, the birthplaces of Georgia’s drinking water sources.

Georgia’s Rural Communities: Proposed legislation would stomp on rural property rights and welcome industrial agriculture—and its pollution—to Georgia.

Okefenokee Swamp: Proposed 2,400-acre titanium mine threatens signature landscape of Georgia.

Lake Lanier: Chronic pollution at private sewage treatment plant highlights state’s failure to enforce clean water standards.

St. Simons Sound: Cargo ship disaster fouls marshes and beaches



Previous Dirty Dozen Reports

Georgia Water Coalition Dirty Dozen 2018

Georgia Water Coalition Dirty Dozen 2017

Georgia Water Coalition's Dirty Dozen 2016

Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen 2015

Georgia Water Coalition's Dirty Dozen 2014

Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen 2013

Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen 2012

Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen 2011