Whether it’s donating your time, money or expertise, anyone can be part of the solution and help Ogeechee Riverkeeper protect and preserve the watershed for generations to come.
Question #1 reads:
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize the General Assembly to dedicate revenues derived from fees or taxes to the public purpose for which such fees or taxes were intended?”
Under the Georgia Constitution, legislators can create fees to fund specific programs, but they can’t guarantee that the fees collected will be used for their intended purposes. Unfortunately, these fees are often diverted to the state’s general fund to pay for other things.
The bill passed with vast bipartisan support and now citizens have to approve the amendment.
Over the years, the state has raided trust funds like the Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste funds that were collected to help state and local governments address tire dumps, repair problems at landfills, and remediate hazardous waste sites.
If approved by Georgia voters on this year’s ballot, it will allow the state legislature to require that fees collected specifically for a certain cause only be spent on their originally stated purpose. This will result in fully-funded programs to clean up scrap tire dumps and decades-old hazardous waste sites.
Additionally, this amendment is packed with safeguards that will give the State the flexibility it needs to respond to financial emergencies while ending bait-and-switch fees as normal practice under the Gold Dome.
The Ogeechee Riverkeeper continually advocates for legislation that protects clean water and allows for penalties if environmental standards are not met.
Proposed Screven County Landfill
On June 24, 2020, Atlantic Waste rescinded its application to construct a landfill in Screven County.
Georgia State 2019-20 legislative session
HB 545 – Oppose
This bill seeks to undermine 40 years of Georgia’s current Right to Farm law and pave the way for industrial farming. We believe this bill hurts local, independent farms and poses a risk to clean water in the watershed.
SB 123, HB 93, SB 834 – Support
These bills all regulate the disposal of coal ash and seek to protect surrounding areas from coal ash pollution.
Other ways to support ORK’s efforts
Ogeechee Riverkeeper offers numerous way to get involved and make a difference. From Adopt-A-Stream programs to cleanups and events, find the best match for you. Members show their consistent support of Ogeechee Riverkeeper. Members receive a quarterly newsletter, emails, and special invitations to important events and paddle trips. If you’re placing an order with Amazon, consider naming ORK as your chosen charity.