Where We Stand


The Georgia Conservancy was founded by a group of conservationists who were determined to preserve Sweetwater Creek. The area is now a lovely state park, enjoyed by thousands of people each year.

Advocacy work like this remians at the core of what we do. The Georgia Conservancy takes stands on a range of issues and works at the local, state and federal levels to affect policy change.

Here's a summary of where the Georgia Conservancy stands on current topics:

Interbasin Transfers (IBTs)
Georgia's thirst for solutions to our water crisis has some leaders pushing for increased use of IBTs -- moving water from one river basin to another. We are not advocating a ban on IBTs, but we believe legislation should be enacted to more tightly regulate IBTs by requiring the state to consider a range of specific criteria when approving IBT permits. Learn more>>

 

Savannah Port Expansion
The Georgia Ports Authority plans to deepen the Savannah Harbor from 42 feet to as much as 48 feet -- a massive undertaking that poses a number of dangers to the port's fragile ecosystem. We believe the final plan must include strict monitoring and mitigation measures that ensure the port’s long-term environmental health. Learn more>>

 

Dawson Forest Reservoir
The city of Atlanta is considering joining forces with a private developer to build a reservoir on city-owned property north of Atlanta in Dawson Forest. The Georgia Conservancy is opposed to this project, which would threaten two federally protected species of fish and require a massive transfer of water between basins. Learn more>>

 

411 Connector
The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to build a bypass to provide a direct link between I-75 and the Rome area. We're opposed to the DOT's chosen route, which would cause environmental damage and is more expensive than viable alternatives. Learn more>>

 

Energy
Energy is the backbone of our modern lives, yet the production and use of energy in Georgia negatively impacts the quality of our air, the quantity and quality of our water in our rivers, and the health of our citizens. We believe that conservation and efficiency are the first and best sources to address Georgia's energy needs. Read more>>