Chattahoochee RiverWarden

Using science, education and advocacy to protect the middle Chattahoochee and its tributaries

Special Projects

Outside of our core Programs, CRW staff takes on several Special Projects each year.

Current Special Projects

  • Invasive Aquatic Species – CRW has joined forces with Georgia Power and University of Florida to reduce the impact of Hydrilla and other invasive aquatics on Lakes Oliver and Harding. Our work includes mapping areas of new growth, studying tuber proliferation, and planning areas for the most effective treatment.
  • Shoal Bass Conservation – CRW staff support Auburn University researchers in their work to further implement conservation of Shoal Bass by participating in fish tagging and tracking while we are on the water.
  • River Clean-Ups – Hosting numerous river clean-ups each year, CRW assists the community in getting out and removing large amounts of trash from our rivers and streams, often removing over 1,000lbs of trash in just a few hours.
  • Streambank Restoration – CRW staff are identifying a number of areas on streams and the river in which erosion has caused significant damage to the bank. Restoration efforts for each site are being planned and will implementation will begin by the end of 2017.


Some of RiverWarden’s past Special Projects include:

  • Met with GA Governor Nathan Deal to discuss five water policy issues that affect the middle Chattahoochee Valley and the river
  • Commented on the Middle Chattahoochee Water Plan that was adopted by the State of Georgia
  • Led a strong public campaign that helped defeat a proposed construction and demolition landfill in Russell County, AL  The site was located less than a mile from the Chattahoochee River in porous soils, engineering designs were inadequate, and public health was potentially at risk.
  • Started a water quality monitoring programing partnership with GA Adopt-A-Stream and Alabama Water Watch. Forty volunteers have been trained and QA/QC certified in stream monitoring. Chattahoochee RiverWarden has adopted and is actively engaged in regular chemical and bacteria monitoring of 15 tributaries to the river.
  • Partnered with Auburn University and Alabama Clean Water Partnership on the Mill Creek and Holland Creek restoration project
  • Partnered with Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center on a Wild and Scenic Film Festival as part of Earth Day Celebration
  • Participated in AFLAC Earth Day event
  • Participated in Columbus State University’s Sustainability Week Program
  • Developed an Internship program with Columbus State University students in the Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Environmental Science program
  • Regularly speak at schools and civic organizations on water issues that affect the Chattahoochee River valley community
  • Worked with the Lake Harding Homeowner’s Association to unify and better understand the ongoing hydro-power relicensing procedure
  • Partnered with Georgia Power Company on environmental and recreational enhancements to Bartlett’s Ferry project
  • Organized a Lake Harding Lake Watch group to monitor water quality and promote pro-active lake advocacy for the protection of the resource

Membership and  participation in the following organizations: Columbus GA Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center- Advisory Board, Coalition for Sound  Growth,  Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Stakeholders, Chattahoochee-Chipola Clean Water Partnership, Georgia River Network, Georgia Water Coalition, Alabama Department of Environmental Management Reform Coalition, Middle Chattahoochee Water Coalition, River Network & American Rivers


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AAS chemical workshop

Want to protect a creek or lake in your neighborhood? It’s easy! Sign up for a free, fun workshop and join our team of Adopt-A-Stream volunteers. Call (706) 649-2326 or visit for more details.

Chattahoochee Webcam

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Columbus is the star of a new webcam sponsored by Chattahoochee RiverWarden, Columbus Water Works, and USGS. Check out the beautiful real-time view of the Chattahoochee from the 14th Street bridge. You can even take over the controls to pan and zoom for a closer look.

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