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Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is a nonprofit watchdog group dedicated to protecting the Chattahoochee watershed. Much of their work takes place in the legal and legislative arena, but you can also find volunteers and staff out on the river, tributaries and lakes year-round. They monitor water quality, clean up trash, and even organize awareness-raising activities such as the annual Back to the Chattahoochee river race.

Education is also another key component of UCR’s mission. In partnership with Aqualand Marina and the Elachee Nature Science Center (http://elachee.org ), they have instituted a Floating Classroom program, which has taken thousands of area students onto the waters of Lake Lanier. There, they put their chemistry and biology studies to use in assessing the water quality in the lake and the health of its ecosystems.

UCR recognizes the fact that water quality and conservation matter all the time, not just during drought conditions. You don’t have to get out in a boat to get involved. If you see a potential water quality issue in your area, whether it be dead fish, sewage spills, construction site runoff, or any number of concerns, UCR makes it easy to report a problem on their website.