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:

Palmetto Pipeline: When Georgia’s top officials at the Capitol, oil entrepreneurs in Savannah, coastal civic and business leaders, local governments, and some of our state’s most strident environmental groups agree that a proposed 360-mile fuel pipeline is bad for our state, then the company attempting to build it should take a hint – they are not wanted, nor needed in Georgia. Learn more>>

 

Coastal Marsh Buffers: For the months following the April 20, 2014 EPD directive that effectively removed the protective buffer from our state’s coastal landscape, the Georgia Conservancy worked with our conservation partners, coastal legislators and concerned citizens to introduce legislation that would advance our goal or restoring the buffer. During the 2015 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 101 did just that. Learn more>>

 

Offshore Drilling: With the proposed opening of the Atlantic Seaboard to oil exploration comes many environmental concerns. Due to the effects of seismic testing on marine life and the potential for a catostophic oil spill, the Georgia Conservancy is opposed to oil drilling off of Georgia's precious coast. 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>>

 

Land & Water Conservation Fund: This year marks a true turning point for the LWCF, and its future can take two radically different paths. Proposed in the Executive Branch's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget is a $900 million dollar investment in America’s natural resources through the LWCF. Congress has the opportunity to tackle some of our nation’s most critical conservation opportunities by approving this budget. But there are some in Congress who seek to dismantle the fund entirely, as the program’s authorization is set to expire in September of 2015. 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>>