Some of RiverWarden’s accomplishments and activities since our formation 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
- 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
- Currently working with the Lake Harding Homeowner’s Association to unify and better understand the ongoing hydro-power relicensing procedure
- Partnering with Georgia Power Company on environmental and recreational enhancements to Bartlett’s Ferry project
- Organizing 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