Restoring the South River The projects and work of SRWA is intended to restore and protect the South River for wildlife to thrive and people to enjoy.
Restoration is the return of a degraded ecosystem to a close approximation of its remaining natural potential (U.S. EPA).
Urban areas are where most people live and where waterways like the South River are most threatened. Restoration of the South River depends on actively engaging individuals and communities through projects that raise awareness, educate, and connect people to the river.
Browse this website to learn more about SRWA's river restoration projects and how you can help.
Sanitary sewage pool on bank of Snapfinger Creek after spill (photo by Jackie Echols)
New FOG Ordinance Needs DeKalb BOC Action
FOG (fats, oils, and grease) is the main cause of sanitary sewer spills in DeKalb County. These spills have huge negative impacts on the county’s streams and rivers. They also cost ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in sewer pipe repairs and environmental cleanup costs. A much needed new FOG ordinance has been developed and awaits review and action by the Board of Commissioners (BOC). Click here to read more.
South River Water Trail Achieving the water trail designation for the South River will help to secure the river's future. The process of planning, building, and maintaining the South River Water Trail (SRWT) will require a community-wide effort. The water trail will provide access to the river, connect communities up and down the river to each other, unlock the river's economic potential, and accentuate the river's status as a valuable natural amenity
The SRWT is part of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and once completed will become a recreational and educational destination. With access to canoe/kayak launches, greenspaces, parks, and other public amenities, the SRWT will connect outdoor enthusiasts to the river's wildlife, ecology, history, and geology as well as downstream neighbors. Read more about the SRWT.
Resolutions of Support for the South River Water Trail:
George Moll's South River Adventure Coming Summer 2017 He grew up fishing, kayaking, and generally enjoying the South River. To draw more attention to the beauty and potential of the river and help promote SRWA and the South River Water Trail, George plans to kayak the entire length of the South River in May 2017. He will follow where the water goes beginning at Panola Shoals in DeKalb County and ending in Darien,GA, 50 miles south of Savannah, the point at which as part of the Altamaha River the South River empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
Rivercane - Nature's Amazing Green Infrastructure A major project of SRWA is the reintroduction of rivercane to the South River corridor and tributaries. This home-grown vegetation is one of nature's most effective green infrastructures but it is severely threatened by the loss of habitat and invasive Chinese privet. The only bamboo that is native to the U.S. and southeast, rivercane can dramatically improve water quality, slow stormwater runoff, and provide critical habitat for wildlife. Read more about rivercane.
Fall 2016 - Rivercane Restoration at Panola Mountain State Park
Volunteer dates: October 22, November 12 and 19, December 10 and 17
To volunteer email firstname.lastname@example.org
Combating sanitary sewer spills in DeKalb County that pollute streams and rivers and threaten public health needs the help of everyone. Here is how you can pitch in. As you go about your daily routine, keep a sensitive nose and watchful eye out for leaky sewer pipes and manholes, and discharges from apartment complexes and restaurants. If you see something or smell something, say something. Below is contact information for reporting sanitary sewer spills on private or public property:
DeKalb County Watershed Management
(public or private property)
A water trail, also sometimes referred to as a blueway, is a river, lake, or coastline that provides recreational, education and/or scenic experiences. The ultimate goal of achieving water trail designation for South River is to connect more people to the river in their backyards, and to inspire stewardship and protection of the river.
The DeKalb County consent decree requires that the county eliminate sanitary sewer overflows. For this reason, the decree is south DeKalb's best chance for a cleaner South River, but only if it outlines a specific plan for how DeKalb County will reduce sewage pollution from fats, oils, and grease. Currently, such a plan does not exist. More consent decree here.
Fats, Oils, & Grease
The greatest threat to water quality in DeKalb County comes from sanitary sewage overflows caused by fats, oils, and grease blockages. These blockages are responsible for millions of gallons of sewage pollution in South River. Correct disposal of fats, oils, and grease is essential to addressing this crisis. Learn more here.