Run-off from construction sites is choking our waterways as soil particles enter Georgia’s river, lakes and tributaries during each rain event. With as many as four truckloads of soil leaving a single building block during a storm event, soil particles travel into nearby rivers and lakes where they settle onto aquatic plants, rocks, and the river bottom, preventing sunlight from reaching aquatic life, clogging fish gills, and interfering with fish spawning. This process also increases the level of harmful microorganisms and toxic compounds that are present in the water, which are transported into the waterway on the surface of the sediment. Find out more about how you can help prevent the tide of dirt from entering out waterways by visiting www.getthedirtout.org.
GreenLaw works with Riverkeeper and watershed organizations across Georgia to stop the flow of dirt from constructions sites from reaching our waterways. For example, representing the Coosa River Basin Initiative, GreenLaw obtained a settlement with a shopping mall developer provided for significant protection of sensitive lands in the Upper Etowah River Basin. The agreement also requred that the developers pay $500,000 to the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia to protect property in critical habitat areas for federally protected fish species. Read more about this case here. Representing Ogeechee Riverkeeper, forced a developer in Swainsboro to protect important water resources adjacent to a Walmart and required the developer to set aside 15 acres of permanently protected wetlands that will protect wildlife in this growing part of the State. Read more about this case here.
If you would like to learn more about how GreenLaw can work with your environmental or community organization to stop dirt from entering your waterways, contact water quality attorney Hutton Brown.