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Learning about water quality standards can be fun

Protecting Georgia's rivers, lakes and coastal waterways is the responsibility of everyone in the state. That responsibility lies heavily with environmental leaders across the state, but that does not mean that their work cannot include some fun, rest and relaxation. The Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership seems to have kept this in mind when planning events that included learning about and reviewing water quality standards in the southern part of the state.

No less than 30 environmental leaders from all over Georgia gathered at the Newton Boat Ramp for a trip down lower Flint River. The Flint Riverkeeper who led the paddle boat trip commented that this was a good opportunity for the participants to gain an understanding of how crucial the quality and quantity of the water in the river is to the economy, community and agriculture of the state. This particular event kicked on classes that ended the Friday of that same week.

Environmental leaders typically understand the impact that water and river pollution can have on the environment, delicate ecosystems and the economy. The laws of the state that protect its waterways are designed to provide for a thriving economy while making sure that water quality remains high for everyone, and everything, affected by it. The more aware that state and local governments, developers and real estate companies are of how their actions affect the environment as a whole, the safer the water could be for everyone.

Being aware of and adhering to the water quality standards set forth by law not only helps the environment, but also prevents incurring fines and citations that could inhibit projects that may help the economy. It may be useful to involve an attorney in projects who understands the laws and can help ensure that companies adhere to them. If a federal or state agency contacts a company alleging violations, having a legal advocate to help may also be of benefit.

Source:, "Environmental leaders tour Flint River", Amanda Hoskins, July 11, 2017

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