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.
The Ogeechee Riverkeeper continually advocates for legislation that protects clean water and allows for penalties if environmental standards are not met.
Georgia State 2021-2022 Legislative Session
SUPPORT: HB 511
House Bill 511 (Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta), which takes the final step to dedicate fees to the Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste Trust Funds that was authorized by 2020’s HR 164 and the Constitutional amendment 1 approved by voters last November. This bill formally dedicates the fees collected to the trust funds, which would end the misdirection of large percentages of these funds into the state’s general fund. This dedication will allow the state the confidence and resources to plan and carry out remediation of legacy hazardous sites and provide consistent funds for local governments to address scrap tire dumps and problems arising at local solid waste handling facilities.
Contact your legislators and ask them to support HB 511 to restore honesty in government and dedicate full funding to these important environmental trust funds.
OPPOSE: HB 150 and SB 102
HB 150 (Rep. Williamson, R-Monroe) and its Senate counterpart SB 102 would take away the rights of local governments to decide how buildings are powered. If enacted, it would prevent counties and cities from committing to the necessary transition away from fossil fuel power generation to greater reliance on renewable energy sources. Essentially, HB 150 would mandate continued reliance on fossil fuels even where local governments have committed to transitioning to 100% clean energy.
Contact your local legislator as soon as possible and urge them to vote NO on HB 150.
Hancock Co. Quarry
ORK is currently helping citizens push back a proposed quarry in Hancock County. Sign the petition, donate to the fight, and more.
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On June 24, 2020, Atlantic Waste rescinded its application to construct a landfill in Screven County.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.