The Advocacy Committee primarily works on the local level to protect the Upper Oconee watershed. We monitor local ordinance making bodies such as Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, Oconee County Board of Commissioners, and the Watkinsville City Council.
The Advocacy Committee is engaging in the following issues:
Service Delivery Plan of 2015
The Service Delivery Plan specifies the activities of Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Public Utilities and Transportation & Public Works departments will take to deliver safe drinking water, treat sanitary waste, and mitigate stormwater runoff for the next twenty years.
UOWN reviewed the plan and discovered two areas of concern: extension of sewers into the greenbelt and expenditure of $20 million for water reservoir pre-planning.
Non-potable Water Reuse
SB116 – Reduction of Stormwater Fees
Would you like to be UOWN’s champion on the issue of stormwater fees? Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Coal Ash Pond De-watering
Georgia Power Company is proceeding with plans to close 29 ash ponds at 11 of its coal-fired generation plants across the state with inadequate oversight from EPD. These plans include efforts to drain water from those ponds and discharge it to the state’s
waterways. Ash pond water is known to contain toxic substances like arsenic, mercury, lead and selenium.
Of concern to UOWN is the closing of Plant Branch in Eatonton. Georgia EPD is allowing Georgia Power to release treated water from coal ash ponds into Lake Sinclair. UOWN has attended EPD meetings on the topic and continues to follow this issue.
Additional details are available from the following sources:
- Coal Ash In Georgia: Cleanup Continues, But Environmentalists Have Concerns (WABE; Jan 23, 2018)
- Sierra Club files intent to sue Georgia Power over coal ash cleanup (Savanah Now; Jul 25, 2017)
- Georgia Power wants to move coal ash surface water into Lake Sinclair (WMAZ; Jun 14, 2017)
- Riverkeeper Raises Coal Ash Concerns at Lake Sinclair (Altamaha River Keeper; Jan 13, 2016)
- Georgia Power: Ash Pond Planning & Progress
- Georgia EPD: Coal Ash Pond De-watering Plans
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Clean Water Act – Redefinition of Waters of the U.S.
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