Macon, GA –Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center released a report today on the banks of the Ocmulgee River in Macon GA. The Riverwalk that runs along the Ocmulgee flooded earlier in the year following extreme rain events. The combination of heavy rains and extreme drought is a pattern that has been felt all over the state and is in line with what scientists predict will become more common due to climate change. Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center’s report ranks Georgia 8th in the country for most carbon pollution from its power plants, and ranks Plant Scherer as the number one largest single source of climate change pollution in the country.
Atlanta, GA– Today the Obama administration has taken a significant step forward in clarifying the science connecting America’s waterways and the drinking water for millions across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board released a report today, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence, which reviews the scientific literature outlining the impact that small waterways have on larger bodies of water downstream.
ATLANTA – Today, Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The report outlines the twelve states that have made a considerable contribution to the nation’s rise in solar power. Georgia, however, missed the cut and ranks 23rd in the nation for per capita solar installations. But, Georgia should not be written off yet, in the past year the Georgia Public Service Commission has voted to expand Georgia’s solar market by over 700 MW.
Gainesville, GA –Environment Georgia will deliver over 1,300 signatures opposed to fracking in the Chattahoochee National Forest today to Supervisor Betty Mathews, the new Forest Supervisor of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The group started gathering signatures after newspapers reported test wells were being drilled near Dalton, GA, close to the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Jekyll Island, GA—Today the Attorney General released an opinion on a recommendation that was produced by one of the taskforce’s working to rewrite Jekyll Island’s Master Plan. The recommendation found that the Island was over the 35% developed land mass limitation that is required by law.
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