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:

Coastal Marsh Buffers
On Earth Day, April 22, 2014, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Director Jud Turner, issued a directive that changes the rules for determining marsh buffers along the Georgia coast. The effect of the Jud Turner Rule can be simply stated: it will permit more development that will encroach on Georgia marshes and result in irreparable damage. The Conservancy has begun discussing the issue with legislative leaders, and there is strong interest in working toward a solution during the 2015 General Assembly. Learn more>>

 

The Spit on Sea Island
On Sea Island's south end, a fragile wisp of land is under threat from potential development. On its beaches, loggerhead sea turtles nest and endangered birds feed and rest in migration.  Thousands of Georgians have marveled at its beauty from a spot on the north end of St. Simons Island called Gould’s Inlet.  Now, all that beauty is at risk. Learn more>>

 

Water Monitoring
The time has come for a statewide and enhanced water monitoring network in Georgia. It could help prevent future disaster, hardship and sickness in Georgia communities that result from chemical spills, illegal discharges and other pollution events. Data on water quality and quantity could enable state regulators, regional water councils, local governments and concerned citizens to better manage flow, discharge and, ultimately, the impacts of pollution events on drinking water supplies and wildlife. Learn more>>

 

Georgia Legacy
In the 10 years since the last state land conservation fund was created, Georgia has seen recession, severe drought and new questions regarding how to best conserve our land and water as populations continue to grow. The Georgia Conservancy joined forces with other conservation organizations in 2010 as a coalition called Georgia Legacy. The goal? To conserve Georgia’s precious natural resources – its people, jobs, land and water – through a sustainable source of funding for land and water conservation. 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>>