Last month, the “Etowah River User’s Guide,” the first in a series of Georgia River Network Guidebooks authored by Joe Cook and published by the University of Georgia Press in cooperation with Coosa River Basin Initiative was released. The guidebook is an appealing and handy look at the biologically diverse and beautiful Etowah River in North Georgia. Printed on waterproof paper, the book offers a fascinating history of the area and information valuable for novice or experienced paddlers as well as fishermen. It also will help explorers understand the threats facing the river and what steps can be taken to protect it for future generations.
On November 21, 2012, Atlanta Gas Light Company (“AGL”) filed an application to replace 3,320 miles of vintage plastic pipe on an accelerated basis. AGL is initially proposing to replace 756 miles of vintage plastic pipe in four years at a total cost of $315,000,000 and customers will be charged an additional $1.35 a month through 2025. While not directly stated in AGL’s filing, the remaining 2,564 miles of plastic pipe to be replaced would be recovered through additional increased monthly surcharges. The overwhelming burden of this project will fall upon residential customers.
The cities of Camak, Canton, Cornelia, Dallas, Garden City, Jesup, Mount Vernon and Richmond Hill; Butts County Water & Sewer Authority; and Jones County were awarded financing totaling $61,853,175 for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors.
University also wins Operator Innovation Award for Sustainability
Marking the first time ever that a higher education institution has been selected for such recognition, the nation’s top food industry professional association has named Kennesaw State University its “Innovator of the Year.” The award was bestowed in Chicago at “Destination: Celebration,” the 2013 National Restaurant Association, Hotel-Motel Show.
On May 7, 2013, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) entered into an agreement partnering with the City of Ocilla, GA.
“This is an exciting day for EPA, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the City of Ocilla, GA," said EPA Regional Administrator Gwen Keyes-Fleming. "Partnerships like this are enabling EPA to aid in the development of more environmentally resilient communities while also training the nextgeneration of environmental leaders who will advance sustainable technologies, protect the health of our communities, and find solutions to global environmental challenges.”
Paddle Georgia 2013 begins next week in Warwick
More than 350 paddlers will traverse some 106 miles of the lower Flint River June 15-21 as part of Paddle Georgia 2013, a week-long canoe/kayak journey organized by Georgia River Network (GRN). Approximately 40 paddlers will also participate in the weekend only version – Paddle Georgia Lite.