The mission of South River Watershed Alliance is to protect and restore the water quality and biodiversity of the South River watershed to the beneficial use of people and wildlife.  


2013 South River Outing - Rockdale County

November 2013

In This Issue


A Moral Imperative


Use Your Kroger Plus Card to Earn Rewards for SRWA


Upcoming Events


Support for South River Grows with Rivers Alive II


Debut of South River Jamboree 


Elected Officials Contact Information


Grants Available to Rehab Septic Systems 





South River

Restoration of South River - A Moral Imperative

Acts of restoration are plentiful and widespread. Houses contaminated with lead paint and asbestos are renovated to almost pristine condition because they are valued for their original charm and character. Blighted neighborhoods are revived because they are deemed to be a vital part of the larger community. Old and decayed buildings are rescued from the wrecking ball because they provide a connection to the past that is worth preserving. Contaminated industrial areas are transformed into thriving residential communities; and neighborhood playgrounds are reclaimed because recreational opportunities are essential to quality of life. Most of these acts of revitalization could not take place without the assistance of, or at the very least, the support of government and many of these examples can be found right here in DeKalb County.   

Just as the projects mentioned above are necessary and praiseworthy, so too is restoration of the South River. The river is part of a living and irreplaceable natural ecosystem and a vital part of the community. The truth is that DeKalb County has not been a good steward of the South River. Many of  the river's problems, past and present, are due in large part to the county's indifference and, yes, in some instances, neglect. For these reasons, the county has a moral obligation to help restore what it has been instrumental in degrading.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines restoration as "the return of a degraded ecosystem to a close approximation of its remaining natural potential". There are many ways to restore a stream or river. These can include chemical alteration of the water, reconstruction of physical conditions, biological improvement, and reintroduction of native flora (plants) and fauna (wildlife).

The genuineness of an act of help is most often measured by whether the help is received when it is needed. It is time for an up swell of support for the South River and DeKalb County should be out front leading the parade. 



Volunteers remove trash from Panola Shoals


Use Your Kroger Plus Card To Earn Rewards for SRWA


All of us shop for groceries or have a need to fill a prescription. When you visit your local Kroger and use your Kroger Plus card you can help SRWA earn rewards that translate into cash. The money that Kroger donates will be used to support SRWA programs such as river clean ups and canoe outings. If you don't have a Kroger Plus card, you can get one at the service desk at your local store. Signing up is quick and easy. Register your Kroger Plus card online

  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the 'New Customer?' box.  
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering Zip Code, clicking on favorite store, entering you email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information
  • Enter NPO number (107512 ) or organization, select South River Watershed Alliance from the list and click to confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization's name on the right side of your information page.

Please sign up today!!



Upcoming Events 


SRWA's South River events will resume Spring 2014 


Upcoming Events at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve


Full Moon Hike @ Panola Mountain State Park - November 16, 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Join the team for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the full moon. The group will head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Click here.


Sunday Hike with Ranger Robby @ Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve - November 24, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Come see the best of Arabia Mountain with resident expert Ranger Robby this fall and winter! Explore the Nature Preserve's natural, cultural, and historical highlights. Click here.


Click here for the entire list of events.  



Support for South River Grows with Rivers Alive II  


With each community event support for the South River grows. More than 30 volunteers from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)s Region 4,

Panola Shoals Land Crew

Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), and SRWA gathered at Panola Shoals on October 18, for Rivers Alive Part II. Using canoes and kayaks provided by EPD, volunteers spread out across a two and a half mile stretch of the South River. This marked the first time that such an effort has been undertaken to collect tires from parts of the river not accessible on foot. In about four hours time an amazing 65 tires were pulled from the river, hoisted onto the canoes and kayaks and ferried to the take out at Panola Mountain State Park. Other volunteers stayed behind to launch a land-based cleanup of Panola Shoals.  The combined water and land effort netted a total of 80 tires and 20 bags of trash. Sincere thanks to everyone who participated.

Landfall and an amazing feeling of accomplishment

Old Flat Bridge

 Panola Mountain State Park




Woman's Club. The fare, provided by Whole Foods, was plentiful and delicious and Matthew Wauchope's musical

Debut of South River Jamboree


South River Supporters.

First impressions can be lasting and in the case of the debut of South River Jamboree, inspiring as well. Every detail was memorable, and after a very rainy summer that seemed to impact almost every weekend, even the weather cooperated.


The decorations were superbly crafted by a wonderful longtime friend, Yvonne Edwards. Her original designs created a festive ambience that blended with the elegance of the historic Lithonia

Jermicka Vauss, Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson, Yvonne Edwards

Lithonia Women's Club Entrance

renditions completed the evening. Those who attended, to the very last person, were genuinely glad they came. If you missed the debut of South River Jamboree, we hope to see you next year.


To all of the Jamboree's sponsors  and contributors especially Atlanta Journal Constitution writer Helen Cauley who knew nothing about the South River or SRWA but saw value in the organization's work and helped to spread the word, THANK YOU.




Take Action for South River 


SRWA urges members and supporters to ask your elected representatives to support the South River.


DeKalb County Elected Officials:


Lee May, Interim DeKalb County CEO



Elaine Boyer, District 1



Jeff Rader, District 2



Larry Johnson, District 3



Sharon Barnes Sutton, District 4



Lee May, District 5



Kathie Gannon, District 6



Stan Watson, District 7


Grants Available to Rehab Septic Systems 


The Upper Ocmulgee River Resource Conservation and Development Council has funds available for cost-share grants for installation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will help improve water quality in the South River basin. BMPs may include a wide variety of projects such as maintenance, repair, and/or replacement of failing septic system, trash and debris cleanup, and the elimination of stream access to domestic animals.


All grant awards are cost-share and reimbursement only (i.e., the property owner must pay for installation of the BMP and will be reimbursed for up to 50% of the cost). There will be a cap on the amount of money that can be reimbursed for any one project and grants will be awarded based on an objective system which will place the highest priority on projects that will have the most benefit for water quality.

Areas eligible to receive these grants include any properties which drain to the South River or any of its tributaries. For additional information about this grant contact Bob Scott, Program Manager, 678-376-9518.  






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