A look at efforts to protect water quality and the habitat for aquatic species found in Georgia's rivers and streams.
The Conasauga River and its watershed are home to a dozen threatened and endangered aquatic species plus a fascinating diversity of plants and wildlife both above and below the river's surface. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enthusiastically supports the Conasauga River Alliance in protecting the ecological integrity of their community.
The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) and the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) basins are distinguished worldwide for their diversity of aquatic snails and mussels. Unfortunately, the extinction of several snails and mussels have been recorded in these basins, due primarily to water quantity alternations from impoundments and water quality changes.
Working with the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University and The Georgia Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is assisting the efforts of local citizens to plan for future growth within the Etowah River basin. Stakeholders are developing a region-wide Habitat Conservation Plan that could help preserve or improve water quality while attempting to conserve imperiled aquatic species, including 91 species native to the Etowah River.
Located in southwest Georgia, Spring Creek is one of the few remaining free flowing creeks in the state. The Spring Creek Watershed Partnership is a major effort by citizens of six Georgia counties to preserve the quality of their creek by addressing concerns over water quality, streambank erosion, and aquatic habitat. State, local and federal agencies are providing technical assistance to achieve these goals.