Read Our Triennial Review Comment Letter to GA EPD [sent Jan 26, 2018]

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James A. Capp, Chief / Watershed Protection Branch / Georgia Environmental Protection Division

2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Suite 1152 East / Atlanta, GA 30334

Dear Mr. Capp:

Please accept these comments from Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) providing stakeholder feedback regarding Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) Triennial Review and proposed amendments to the water quality rules and regulations found in 391-3-6-.03 of the Georgia Rules and Regulations for Water Quality Control.

CRK is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and stewardship of the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed. CRK represents approximately 8,700 members who use and enjoy the river system and depend on the Chattahoochee River and its lakes as a source of drinking water and economic prosperity. On behalf of our members and river users we submit these comments on proposed revisions to state water quality rules and regulations.

  1. CRK urges EPD to expand the Recreation designation on the Chattahoochee Specific Use – Designations, Ga. R. & Regs. 391-3-6-.03(14)

CRK applauds EPD for moving forward with updating the Designated Use of the 13-mile section of Chattahoochee River between Snake Creek and Yellowdirt Creek to recreation. This section of river is long overdue to be redesignated. EPD’s current proposal would be a step in the right direction; however, CRK requests that EPD extend the length of the agency’s current proposal to update the Chattahoochee River’s Designated Use to include recreation for the entire 76-mile section of river between Peachtree Creek and New River. This river section is heavily used for recreation and long overdue to be redesignated.

Every year, hundreds of people paddle, swim, boat and wade in the Chattahoochee throughout its length between Peachtree Creek and New River. Thanks to significant improvements to wastewater infrastructure and stormwater management upstream, this section of river is dramatically cleaner today than it was decades ago. Riverside communities all along this part of the Chattahoochee are reconnecting with their river, and new initiatives to promote river access are prevalent from west Atlanta down to Franklin and West Point Lake. Along the 76-mile section of river below Peachtree Creek, 16 boat ramps and access points are frequently used by people who recreate on the river and at least 3 new access points will soon be established along this stretch [see Exhibit A].

Examples of current initiatives underway to promote recreation and river access between Peachtree Creek and New River include:

  • Outings and Paddle Trips – CRK has documented 1,801 trip participants who paddled on this section of river with different organizations between 2013 and 2017 [see Exhibit B]. Among groups who lead trips on this part of the river are Chattahoochee NOW, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, EcoAddendum, The Georgia Conservancy, Georgia River Network, Keeping it Wild, the Newnan Paddlers, and West Atlanta Watershed Alliance. Photographs of trip participants on this section of river are included below [see Exhibit C].
  • Chattahoochee Hills Water Trail – The City of Chattahoochee Hills is working to establish a 25-mile water trail from the GA Hwy 166/154 boat ramp to Chattahoochee Bend State Park, which will include development of two new boat launches on this section of river.
  • New River Access at Bush Head Shoals – The Development Authority of Heard County is partnering with the Department of Natural Resources to establish a new boat launch and paddler park on the river at Bush Head Shoals.
  • Events in Franklin – The City Franklin has begun to host riverside events and festivals along its waterfront at Franklin’s riverside ball park.
  • Riverwalk Atlanta – This project is establishing new trails and access along the river in Atlanta between Standing Peachtree Park and the Fulton County Airport.
  • Chattahoochee NOW’s Vision53 – This initiative is fostering new access and river activities on the river from Peachtree Creek to Chattahoochee Bend State Park.
  • 100 Mile Master Plan – Led by The Trust for Public Land and Atlanta Regional Commission, this planning process is underway along the 100 mile river corridor from Helen to Columbus and will promote access and recreation.
  • Middle Chattahoochee Blueway – This initiative brings together the National Park Service, Georgia River Network, the Georgia Water Trails Network, the Carroll County Parks Department and others to create a river trail on the Chattahoochee for canoes and kayaks from the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area to Chattahoochee Bend State Park.
  • River Outfitters – Outfitters such as The Whitewater Learning Center and Georgia Trail Outfitters lead trips and teach paddlers on this part of the river year round and depend on river recreation for their business.

Residents along the Chattahoochee between Peachtree Creek and New River strongly support updating the Designated Use of this section to include recreation. In just a short amount of time, CRK has collected 516 signatures and 245 comments in support of redesignating this 76-mile stretch of river [see Exhibit D]. Most of those who submitted comments specifically indicated that they regularly swim, paddle, fish, boat, wade-in or otherwise recreate on this part of the Chattahoochee.

Now is the right time to update the Chattahoochee River’s designation to recreation between Peachtree Creek and New River. As stated on the EPD website, “Designated uses establish the environmental objective of the waterbody” (link). With hundreds of people recreating on the 76-mile section of river below Peachtree Creek every year and numerous initiatives now underway to promote and increase access and activity, the “environmental objective” of this stretch of the Chattahoochee should be designated as recreation. Upstream of Peachtree Creek, the river’s designation for recreational use extends for 135 continuous miles to the river’s headwaters. Downstream of New River, the Chattahoochee is designated for recreation for another 67 miles. It is time to close the gap, and recognize the 76-mile section of river between Atlanta and West Point Lake as the vibrant and actively used resource for recreation that it is.

  1. Revision to definition of “Natural Conditions” – Definitions, Ga. R. & Regs. 391-3-6-.03(3)(i)

EPD proposes to revise the definition of “Natural Conditions” to include pH among the “collection of conditions for a particular waterbody used to develop numeric criteria for water quality standards which are based on natural conditions.” CRK requests that EPD provide a full, reasoned explanation for the proposed addition of pH to the collection of natural conditions. No such explanation has been provided so far in presentations or materials from the agency nor has any guidance from EPA been supplied that justifies or supports the revision.

  1. EPD should move forward with the inclusion of more protective numeric criteria for selenium in state water quality standards. – General Criteria for All Waters, Ga. R. & Regs. 391-3-6-.03(5)(e)(ii)(9)

EPD’s initial Triennial Review proposal to stakeholders included a revision to selenium criteria, based on EPA’s 2016 recommendations for freshwater selenium criteria. However, in the current proposal, EPD does not intend to adopt the EPA Recommended 2016 Aquatic Life Selenium Criteria. See, e.g., Georgia EPD Presentation for 2016 Triennial Review, slide 32 of 50 (12/13/2017 DRAFT).

EPD declines to adopt the more protective standard because purportedly the agency’s laboratory current methods cannot reliably test to a reporting limit below the value of EPA’s recommended criteria. It is hard to believe that EPA would recommend numeric criteria for which its approved laboratory methods could not accurately test. CRK requests that EPD fully explain its reasoning for declining to adopt EPA’s recommended selenium criteria, including an evaluation of whether there are alternative laboratory EPA-approved laboratory methods that could be adopted which would reliably report down below the EPA recommended criteria.

With the significant volumes of coal ash currently being moved into and out of storage ponds across the state, wastewater from these coal ash ponds is being discharged into the Chattahoochee and other rivers. We know that selenium is one constituent of concern present in coal ash wastewater. It is prudent for EPD to move forward with the inclusion of protective numeric criteria for selenium.

  1. EPA should move forward with E.coli bacteria criteria for secondary contact waters (streams with a designated use of “Drinking Water Supplies” and “Fishing”). – Specific Criteria for Classified Water Usage, Ga. R. & Regs. 391-3-6-.03(6)(a)(i)(2) and 391-3-6-.03(6)(c)(iii)(2).

We applaud EPD for proposing to upgrade the bacteria standard for streams designated as “Drinking Water” and “Fishing” (secondary contact waters) from fecal coliform to E. coli. Epidemiological studies show that E. coli is a better indicator of the presence of human-derived fecal bacteria in freshwater and a better indicator of health risk from water contact. EPA now recommends that E. coli is the best indicator of human health risk from recreational contact with freshwater.

The new proposed bacteria standard recommends that E. coli levels in secondary contact waters should not exceed a geometric mean of 630 cfu/ml and a statistical threshold value (“STV”) of 2050 cfu/ml in November – April. During the warm weather months (May – October), E. coli levels should not exceed a geometric mean of 126 cfu/ml and a statistical threshold value (“STV”) of 410 cfu/ml.

The latest draft of the 2016 revisions to Georgia Water Quality Standards specifies that the current fecal coliform criteria shall apply in streams designated as “Drinking Water” and “Fishing” until EPA approves the proposed E. coli criteria for secondary contact waters. We are confident that EPA will support this proposal. Other states in EPA Region 4, including Alabama and Tennessee, have adopted bacteria criteria for E. coli in secondary contact waters similar to the E. coli criteria EPD is proposing through this Triennial Review process (5 times the recreational standard). We encourage EPD to push EPA to approve the E. coli criteria proposed for secondary contact waters when they approve these proposed revisions to Georgia Water Use and Water Quality Standards.

Thank you for your attention to these recommendations.  We ask that you please respond to these comments in writing. CRK welcomes the opportunity for further meaningful discussions on these issues. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Jeselnik, General Counsel, at kjeselnik@chattahoochee.org or 404-352-9828.

Sincerely,

Jason Ulseth

Riverkeeper

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

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Exhibit A – Map of 16 Frequented River Access Points between Peachtree Creek and New River

10 Boat Ramps | 6 Other Frequented Access Points (improved & informal) | 3 New Access Points Planned


Exhibit B – Selection of Organized Chattahoochee River Paddle Trips between Peachtree Creek and New River for 5-year period of 2013-2017  |  104 Days on River  |  89 Trips  |  1,801 Trip Participants

Year (5) Month Date (if known) Days on River (104) Participants (1801) Start Location End Location Organizer
2017 November 1 6 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2017 October 10/21/17-10/22/17 2 36 McIntosh Franklin Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2017 October 10/7/2017 1 15 Moores Bridge McIntosh Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2017 October 1 10 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2017 October 1 36 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2017 September 1 30 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2017 August 1 12 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2017 July 1 12 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2017 June 6/11/2017 1 27 Plant McDonough Hwy 166/154 Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2017 May 1 7 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2017 April 1 10 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2017 March 3/11/2017 1 31 Plant McDonough Hwy 166/154 Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2017 March 3/25/2017 1 16 Coweta Park Chatt Bend SP Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2017 March 1 6 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2017 February 1 10 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2017 January 1 7 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2016 December 1 4 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2016 December 1 7 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2016 November 1 13 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2016 October 10/15/16-10/16/16 2 27 McIntosh Franklin Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2016 September 1 22 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2016 August 1 9 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2016 July 7/23/16 1 36 Riverview Landing Hwy 166/154 Georgia Conservancy
2016 July 1 8 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2016 July 1 12 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2016 July 1 14 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2016 June 1 9 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2016 June 1 10 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2016 April 4/9/2016 1 13 Chatt Bend SP Chatt Bend SP Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2016 April 4/30/16-4/31/16 2 17 Plant McDonough Hwy 166/154 Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2016 April 1 7 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2016 April 1 7 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2016 March 1 4 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2016 March 1 7 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2015 October 10/16/15-10/18/15 3 33 McIntosh Franklin Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2015 October 10/24/15-10/25/15 2 12 Coweta Park Chatt Bend SP Georgia Conservancy
2015 October 1 13 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2015 September 1 10 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2015 August 1 3 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2015 July 7/25/15 1 56 Riverview Landing Hwy 166/154 Georgia Conservancy
2015 July 1 6 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2015 July 1 9 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2015 July 1 14 Coweta Park Chatt Bend SP EcoAddendum
2015 June 1 8 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2015 June 1 2 Coweta Park Chatt Bend SP EcoAddendum
2015 May 5/16/17-5/17/17 2 17 Plant McDonough Hwy 166/154 Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2015 May 1 7 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2015 April 4/11/15 1 13 Chatt Bend SP Chatt Bend SP Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2015 April 4/11/15 1 8 Coweta Park Chatt Bend SP Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2015 April 1 8 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2014 December 1 6 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2014 October 10/17/14-10/19/14 3 33 McIntosh Franklin Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2014 October 10/18/14-10/19/14 2 20 Coweta Park Chatt Bend SP Georgia Conservancy
2014 October 1 10 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2014 September 1 4 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2014 August 1 4 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2014 August 1 19 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2014 July 7/19/14 1 70 Riverview Landing Hwy 166/154 Georgia Conservancy
2014 July 1 7 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2014 July 1 7 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2014 June 6/24/14-6/27/14 4 450 Riverview Landing Franklin Georgia River Network
2014 June 1 7 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2014 June 1 9 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2014 June 1 2 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2014 May 1 2 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2014 April 4/12/14 1 39 Chatt Bend SP Chatt Bend SP Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2014 April 4/12/14 1 28 Riverview Landing Riverview Landing Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2014 April 1 5 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2014 April 1 8 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2014 March 3/8/14-3/9/14 2 25 Plant McDonough Hwy 166/154 Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2014 March 1 9 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2014 March 1 3 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2014 March 1 6 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2014 February 1 10 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2013 November 11/02/13 1 14 Plant McDonough Hwy 166/154 Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2013 November 1 9 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2013 October 10/12/13-10/13/13 2 33 McIntosh Franklin Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
2013 October 1 7 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2013 August 1 20 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2013 August 1 25 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2013 July 1 20 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2013 July 1 10 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2013 July 1 21 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2013 June 1 20 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2013 May 5/18/13 1 83 Plant McDonough Hwy 166/154 Georgia River Network
2013 May 1 7 Chatt Bend SP Franklin Newnan Paddlers
2013 April 1 20 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers
2013 March 1 5 Plantation Moores Bridge Newnan Paddlers
2013 January 1 8 Moores Bridge Chatt Bend SP Newnan Paddlers

Exhibit C – Photographs of River Users Recreating on the Chattahoochee River between Peachtree Creek and New River

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Exhibit D – 516 Signatures and 245 Comments Collected Supporting Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Designated Use Request

Signatures were collected from 1/11/17 – 1/26/17 in response to the following request from Chattahoochee Riverkeeper: “Sign your name below to ask Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to update the Designated Use of the Chattahoochee between Peachtree Creek and West Point Lake (where the Chattahoochee meets the New River) to be consistently designated for ‘Recreational Use.’” Signatures have been organized below so that those with comments appear first. Email addresses have been omitted to protect individuals’ privacy and can be provided to EPD if required. Timestamp data is also available upon request.Signatures were collected from 1/11/17 – 1/26/17 in response to the following request from Chattahoochee Riverkeeper: “Sign your name below to ask Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to update the Designated Use of the Chattahoochee between Peachtree Creek and West Point Lake (where the Chattahoochee meets the New River) to be consistently designated for ‘Recreational Use.’” Signatures have been organized below so that those with comments appear first. Email addresses have been omitted to protect individuals’ privacy and can be provided to EPD if required. Timestamp data is also available upon request.  [Click Here to Return to Letter]

Name (Last names removed from public version for privacy) Zip Share any additional comments for EPD about how you spend time on the section of the Chattahoochee River between Atlanta and West Point Lake (i.e. paddling, swimming, wading, fishing) and why it should be redesignated for Recreational Use
John 30265 Dear EPD. I am writing to seek support for a higher recreational designation of the Chattahoochee River from Atlanta to Franklin, Ga.. This beautiful, wild section of the river is home to abundant bird and wild life. There are muliple access points for the numerous kayak, canoe and floating trips enjoyed by thousands year round. The exciting shoals are plentiful and yet not above Class II in difficulty which makes this 69 mile section ideal for paddlers of all levels. This is such a wonderful means of enjoying the wonders of nature not far from home. Eagles, Osprey, hawks, deer, river other, turtles are all seen along this section which adds to the beauty. Camping, fishing, tubing are common activities also seen here. Thank you for your support. Sincerely. John _____ Organizer – NewnanPaddlers.
Sherry 30265 I have paddled these sections of the river many times, from Capps Ferry through West Point Lake. My husband and I take my two children, and we routinely swim from the many convenient rock islands, depending on weather. These sections are precious – we see bald eagles, otters, herons, deer, etc. From the Hwy 16, CBSP or the Franklin boat ramps, we routinely see fishermen, tubers, and other paddlers on the river. There is no question these areas are used for recreation. What’s more, recreation on the river should (and likely will, with the addition of new boat access points) be encouraged to bring even more people to enjoy these activities, and spend money in the area while doing so. Ensuring the water is clean is absolutely necessary to increase this kind of tourism. In the meantime, there are plenty of locals that will and do use the river all the time for recreational purposes.
Claudia 30269 I paddle a lot on the river and we also have a boat on Lake West Point. I believe it is extremely important to better protect and guard this beautiful and important treasure. We should do this not only for ourselves but for future generations and maybe we’ll even attract tourists to our wonderful waterway.
Peggy 30350 I paddle here quite often enjoying the river and scenery and always see lots of people doing the same. Fishing, boating, swimming are enjoyed by all.
John 30327 We own several miles of river front in this section and use this river weekly for recreation, paddling, and swimming.
Kaitline 30339 Friends and I wade & paddle in this water every week, at least once a week!
Mary 30022 I paddle the river and have paddled, waded and just enjoyed sections of the ‘Hooch between Atlanta and West Point Lake a number of times with family and friends. I have seen many others enjoying the River as well. This section of the River should be redesignated for Recreational use as many a memory and smile has been created for families and individuals who have enjoyed its beauty.
April 30601 I’ve taken many paddling trips through this beautiful section of the Chattahoochee – as have thousands of others. It is used for recreation and should be designated for recreational use.
Thomas 30268 I love to canoe the river. I also find it patently unfair that the southern arc of the river (less affluent, more diverse) doesn’t have the same protections as the northern arc. The Atlanta Region has an unhappy legacy of redlining. Lt’s end that on the river NOW.
Clifford 30268 I have canoed this stretch of the river, and it is beautiful. It is a vital part of my community. Chattahoochee Hills now has two potential boat landing sites — two riverside parcels of land. What a delight it would be to see children and families boating on the water and connecting with nature!
Judy 30268 I kayak often! Usually near Whitesburg and McIntosh. Would love to have more access!
Elizabeth 30030 As a stream ecologist, I spend time in Atlanta’s streams and rivers for work, but I also love swimming and paddling for fun. The Chattahoochee between Atlanta and West Point Lake is conveniently accessible for recreation to the over 5 million people in the Atlanta metro area. Folks from the city, the suburbs, and the rural areas all deserve to have a swimmable, wadeable river that is safe for paddling, too.
Miranda 30135 My husband and I love to paddle between South Fulton and Carroll Counties.
Doug 30309 This is a beautiful section of the river for paddling and is an amazing recreational resource. Please preserve the Chattahoochee!!
Dee 30344 I kayak in this part of the Chattahoochee River with some frequency, so I know how beautiful and fragile it is. Please protect and preserve it by designating it for recreation!! Thank you.
Allen 30559 I have paddled (kayaked) this section of the Chattahoochee many times and I often see Bald Eagle’s, Heron’s nesting, River Otter’s and a variety of other wildlife. There are beautiful waterfalls along the way. It is a one of my favorite sections of the Chattahoochee as well as many, many paddler’s I know and have paddled this section with over the years.
Dean 31833 I have paddled this section of the Chattahoochie several years in both a kayak and in canoes, in both organized groups and small independent groups. This area should receive more attention than it does. All people that paddle it appreciate what it has to offer.
Laura 30240 I have paddled, fished. and floated this section of the river many, many times. Please designate this section for Recreational Use.
Marty 30116 As Chairman of Carroll County we have spent 6M in SPLOST funds buying and enhancing river property. We fully support the change in designation!!!
Barbara 30281 This section of the river is used by my family members in a number of recreational activities, such as paddling, fishing, wading and swimming. Both upstream and downstream sections of the river are held to higher quality standards. It is time that this 76 miles is also held to a higher quality standard for the added safety of the public who use this area for recreation.
Paula 30188 I’m a huge supporter in protecting our Rivers not only as drinking water but for recreation as well. I’m an avid kayaker and would love to see the same standards, support, and love put into this 76 mile stretch. Let’s do the right thing and close the 76 mile gap.
Bethany 30240 My school of 60+ students conducts science and ecology lessons in and around the water in this area. My family uses the river recreationally almost weekly throughout the year: swimming, paddling, boating, fishing. My brother operates a kayak rental business on the river in West Point.
Greg 30263 This part of the River is a huge recreation area for the often ignored Southside of ATL. South Fulton, Carroll, Coweta & Heard County residents as well as visitors from all over utilize this section on day & overnight trips. Chattahoochee Bend State Park & McIntosh Park are mid-section anchors that increase draw to these waters. As an involved Coweta native I know we’ve had to clean up after and fight for years against power of ATL City neglect for our section of the Hooch. It’s time the State stepped up to help this important immediate downstream of ATL section of water. Thank you in advance for doing the right thing.
Judy 30041 I have paddled kayaks / waded / camped on that section of the river many times.
Scott 30263 My family lives in Coweta County and use the river for paddling from Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Residents below Atlanta deserve to have the same water quality as above. I was surprised to find out that we do not have the same protections.
Randa 30108 I have paddled this area and fished it many times, and believe it deserves a recreational use.
Anne 30030 Wading, usually with grandchildren in tow. This section of the Chattahoochee is an important natural resource for tens of thousands (at a minimum) of metro Atlantans. We have no other river in the area and no other natural resource that exceeds its importance.
Sally 30309 I have taken more than 50 trips on the Chattahoochee below Atlanta over the past two and a half decades – paddling, camping and hiking along the riverbanks; this section includes some of the most beautiful river reaches on the entire length of the Chattahoochee River: abundant wildlife, a vibrant fishery, interesting cultural history on adjacent lands and more. The river between Atlanta and West Point Lake, long considered off-limits for pollution problems, is a hidden treasure that must receive the recognition and protection that it deserves.
Mike 30055 I have often spend time on the Chattahoochee between Atlanta and West Point. I’ve paddled, waded and done retriever training all along that stretch. I would like to see that entire stretch of the river designated for Recreation Use.
Austin 30324 I love kayaking and fishing these beautiful waters! Designating the stretch for recreational use will allow my children to safely paddle/swim/fish these waters for the future!
Daniel 30327 The time has come to designate the Chattahoochee from Atlanta to West Point lake for recreational use. In fact, it is being so used more and more. State and County parks are being planned and constructed all along the lower parts of this section. I am working with the city of Chattahoochee Hills to develop recreational access for that city’s thirty two miles of river frontage. We need assurance that the water quality and quantity will be appropriate to support safe and healthy recreation on the section of the river.

I understand why this section was not initially designated for recreation. Twenty years ago, no one had any interest in recreating in it foul waters. Things have drastically charged since then, thanks to billions of dollars spent by the taxpayers and water users of the City of Atlanta and Cobb County. The Water is now pleasant enough that it is very tempting to recreate in, and people are doing so. EPD needs to protect these people and attract other people to enjoy this wonderful recreational resource by bringing its designation up to recreational use.

Billy 30214 My family and I spend countless hours per year on the Middle Hooch kayaking and swimming with friends and community members. Its such a wonderful and undeveloped section of the river. We participate in cleanups, and community efforts. I would like to see this section redesignated to Recreational use to protect the environment, wildlife, and ecosystems in and around the river. As well as protecting the individuals that use this river from harmful pollutants that wash downstream. It is a beautiful section of river and we should make sure it stays that way. Please redesignate this section of river to Recreational use and keep our rivers clean, fun , and accessible to all those who want to enjoy its splendor.
Hayley 30312 Tubing, paddling, and wading with my dog! Why should water quality standards be lower between two sections held to a higher standard?
Pearl 30307 I swim every summer in this section of the Chattahoochee – I want it clean for our families and pets!
Gene 30263 i live on the river just below plant yates, done alot of clean ups over the years and it shows, one of the greatest parts of the chattahoochee to paddle and fish, alot of paddlers , tubers from whitesburg to mcintosh and down to the state park on a daily bases . Please help us keep are river clean.
L. 30170 The Development Authority of Heard County is entering an intergovernmental agreement with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to build a kayak and canoe park on the Chattahoochee River approximately three miles north of Franklin, GA. Please take steps to improve the water quality for the entire stretch south of Atlanta! Thank you.
Mark 30263 I kayak this section of the river frequently.
Jeremy 30214 I would love to see this section of the river held to higher standards. I paddle on this section of the river at least 10 times per year.
Eddie 36854 My friends and I kayak all year long on that part of the river and help clean it up but it will take a lot mare than us.
Lindsey 30214 During the summer, I spend almost every weekend on the water kayaking on the Chattahoochee river south of Atlanta. Less frequently in the spring and fall but you’ll still find me on my kayak from time to time! It’s an amazingly beautiful river, the closest kayak-able river to me, and I know many people who enjoy recreational (and fishing!) time on this river. Please protect this water so that generations to come can enjoy the river too.
Thomas 30263 Yearround paddler on Hooch south of Atlanta
Usually make weekly trips except for extreme westher in winter months
Enjoy shoals, ledges chutes as well as flat water sections, stopping to enjoy rock formations, bluffs, islands and abundant wildlife.
A real treasure!
Dennis 30116 I am a frequent paddler on this section of the Chatt, and would certainly like to see it receive better protection.
Michael 30230 I paddle the section between whitesburg and Franklin on a regular basis. With this designation hopefully more people will be out enjoying the water so we can build more put in and take out areas
Mark 30144 I kayak on this section of the river, on average, about once per month. It would be a great loss to my paddling group and me if this area wasn’t redesignated for recreational use.
Walt 30306 My partner and I have recently purchased a canoe and we’ve taken kayak lessons in preparation to be more comfortable exploring the Chattahoochee River by boat. Last summer/fall, we covered about 30-miles on two different trips down the river and went on one camping trip south of Atlanta. We’ve also been hiking and have attempted to take driving tours along the banks (difficult to find roads, but we’re making progress). I also have been boating on this section of the river (about 32 miles). We hope to cover even more of the river and have recruited a group of friends to join us, now that we’re getting more familiar with the opportunities.
Dana 30230 I use this river yearly to fish and boat. please consider changing it to recreational use.
Alice 30338 The Chattahoochee River is a premier recreational resource for both the people of Georgia and to attract tourism dollars. I regularly paddle the rivers of Georgia, and would love to see the section between Atlanta and West bend Point Lake designated for Recreational Use. This designation would extend the same water quality protections that other parts of the river enjoy, helping to ensure the health and safety of those who use the river to play.
Michael 30528 Paddling the “hooch” from the headwaters to the coast is fantastic trip. Help us keep ALL of it safe and clean as possible!
Robin 30024 It’s a great place to kayak
Bonny 30518 This area is beautiful and should be protected and enjoyed
Michael 30067 I fish this section dozens of times a year, i love the scenery and exploring. It should be protected.
Ronald 30312 Among paddling, fishing, or just standing on the river bank and admiring the view and wildlife, the Chattahoochee is a most valuable resource to myself and many more in this area
Chris 30075 I make a living guiding fly fishing and hunting trips along the river
Dena 30533 I paddled this section of the Chattahoochee. It was a beautiful area. I feel it should be a protected area for paddling and other non-motorized water recreation.
Boris 30307-2121 This is a great resource for Georgians that needs to be protected for future generations to enjoy. Paddling down it and enjoying its serenity and beauty is a real treat!! Thank you.
James 30265 I spend a considerable amount of time each year paddling on the Chattahoochee between Whitesburg (HWY 16 bridge) and Franklin GA. This stretch of the river is truly magical, it is a must see part of Georgia.
Scott 30306 We paddled this section and kept tipping over. Not the river’s fault.
Alicia 30030 We have paddled the Chattahoochee from Macintosh Reserve to the headwaters of Westpoint Lake… mostly as part of Group Paddles led by the wonderful Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. This part of the river is most accessible to us from our Decatur home— and the combination of mostly quiet water and just a little bit of excitement at small shoals is perfect for our level of paddle expertise!
This sections should be redesignated for Recreational Use because this will bring more paddlers, boaters, fisher-folk, etc from nearby areas to enjoy and then advocate for protection and care of our beautiful river.
Ellen 30033 I have paddled this portion of the Chattahoochee each of the last two falls. It is beautiful. I loved the opportunity to spend time in this quiet part of Georgia nature.
David 30117 I paddle my canoe and fish between Whitesburg and Franklin. This is a very beautiful section with abundant wildlife and Bald Eagles! Please designate for Recreational Use.
Mark 30030 I enjoy rafting along this section of the river.
Clare 30318 My husband and boys kayak and fish all areas of the Chattahoochee. We would like this area to be updated and included as Recreational Area too so it can safely be used by all!
ANDREA 30033 I love to kayak this river and observe wildlife in this area. Please help to preserve its quality!
Scott 30318 Have done many float trips from Mcintosh Preserve to Franklin with a nights camping at Chatt Bend State Park at the end of the first days float. Good fishing and swimming opportunities exist along the way. Great resource that would be made better with more protection
Gail 30030 I paddled the Chattahoochee River with the Georgia River Network for an entire week in 2014. I was so impressed with the section south of Atlanta and the new state park at Chattahoochee Bend. Please increase the protections for this section so that it remains a wild and unspoiled place for recreation and boating.
Tom 30075 I have paddled this section of the river on multiple occasions, and feel it deserves to be protected for recreational use. Please do not allow anyone to degrade the water quality of this beautiful public river.
Marc 30068 This section of the river is used for recreational purposes and should be protected using higher standards. It is not solely used by industry. Thanks!
Bill 30041 I have paddled this section several times it is beautiful.
Alan 30117 I have paddled this section of our river.
Tim 30185 I paddle and fish on that section. My grandkids are learning kayaking and fishing skills with me there. More access is needed above the Moore’s Bridge boat ramp .
Elizabeth 30268 I live in Chattahoochee Hills, GA on a tributary of the Chattahoochee River, Little Bear Creek. I frequently take a drive on Old Cochran Rd. just to get to see as much of the Chattahoochee as possible. By avocation I am a naturalist and wish that there was more access to the River but it is totally ignored on this stretch because of water quality. We miss so much by not caring for this valuable and precious river. Especially this stretch of it. A Recreation Use designation will be a valuable tool in giving metro Atlantans access to a healthy Chattahoochee River.
Scott 30327 It is a perfect destination for relaxing paddling, and I often see people (individuals and groups) across this stretch.
Samantha 30102 This section of the Chattahoochee should be designated for recreational use so my friends and I as well as surrounding communities can spend time paddling and exploring the river.
Mark 30096 I am a boating fisherman, primarily in search of striped bass. This section of river is unique, in that it offers an amazing run of fish that come up from West Point Lake, and I believe are spawning successfully, and deserves special protection. I often launch at Campbellton Road and fish upstream and downstream form there. The fishing can be good, and there are pretty spots, but the river in that stretch could really use some love. I also like to launch at Chattahoochee Bend State Park, and at Franklin. Please provide the same protections and standards to the section of river between Atlanta and West Point as the Buford Tailwater receives.
Ken 30075 I feel strongly that protections are needed to preserve this section of the Chattahoochee for recreational use along with fishing use. This way, developers and land owners will be subject to tighter scrutiny in their developments and planned projects along this stretch of the river.
Mark 30306 Great area to fish now that the water quality has improved.
Steve 30265 Our section of the Chattahoochee has seen a lot of new riverside park development recently, most notably Georgia’s 5th largest State Park, Chattahoochee Bend. The Friends of Chattahoochee Bend and park staff have frequent hike-and-paddle kayak and canoe trips. It would be awesome to counter people’s comments about the water quality with, “The Hooch is actually cleaner than it’s been in decades, and it’s only going to get better, now that it’s designated Recreational Use.”
Diane 30236 We camp and use the water for boating, swimming and fishing. Recreational. It is a beautiful place and would so encourage you to protect the water for us and the other living animals! Thank you!
Jake 3070 Since moving here a couple years ago I have enjoyed spending time looking at the beauty of the River from several different locations. Would like to be able to swim fish canoe kayak paddle board as they’re able to due to our North. Please allow this section of the Chattahoochee be designated for recreational use for all who will enjoy.
Lee 30655 I have paddled that river and that section many times, and its preservation is of paramount importance. In the current anti-environmental climate, even more important.
Emily 30318 I live along the river near the Atlanta Riverside neighborhood. I use the tails for hiking and walking.
Valerie 30101 Please update the Designated Use of the Chattahoochee between Peachtree Creek and West Point Lake (where the Chattahoochee meets the New River) to be consistently designated for “Recreational Use”
Chris 30101 Please update the Designated Use of the Chattahoochee between Peachtree Creek and West Point Lake (where the Chattahoochee meets the New River) to be consistently designated for “Recreational Use”
Bastian 30033 I love paddling in the river.
Albert 30033 Hi! I go on boat trips and swim on this stretch of river and I would love to see it be designated as recreational!
Susan 30263 We use this section for kayaking , fishing and swimming.
Craig 30318 This is a portion of the river that is being targeted by many, many people and organizations and local governments for increased access and recreational use. It is happening now, and a recreational water use designation should recognize and match that. There is simply no reason to do otherwise. This section of river is entitled to the same goals and water quality as the adjacent sections of the Chattahoochee upstream and downstream.
Ben 30312 This area should definitely be redesignated for Recreational Use – it’s a no-brainer for me an my family!
GEORGE 30265 i LOVE TO KAYAK THIS AREA ON THE WATER WITH ALL THE GROUP OF MEET=UP. WE OFTEN HAVE 15 TO 25 KAYAKS AND CONOES ALL TOGETHER. PLEASE UPGRADE THE RATINGS FOR THIS SECTION OF BEAUTIFUL WATERWAYS. GOD BLESS.
Tracy 30269 I enjoy paddling this section of the Hooch. Let’s please work to keep it clean.
Martin 30350 I like to kayak on the northern section of this and may hit the Columbus course this year with one of my recreational paddling meetup groups. Pls. designate this a recreational region of the river.
Al 30135 I spend most of my days on the Chatt, south of Douglasville. After Atlanta gets through with it, they send it downstream with little thought of water quality standards. When will we stop thinking that our river systems are nothing more than a way to flush things out to the ocean? The ocean has had enough. It also is dying and guess who’s next? Please upgrade water quality standards.
Cheryl 30263 We enjoy trips in our kayaks going down the river.
Laura 30240 I hike at Chattahoochee Bend State Park and McIntosh Reserve. There are 2 sections my husband and I like to paddle between Newnan and Franklin.
Stephen 30269 Please designate this waterway for recreational use because I think current and future generations will benefit immensely from recreational and exercise opportunities and the natural beauty preserved by such an action.
Kristen 30316 I swim with my dog
Jennifer 10530 I come visit my friends in ATL and we enjoy this beautiful area. Keep it beautiful!
Patricia 30067 I live further north, but that doesn’t diminish my passion for keeping this area protected for those who paddle, swim and simply enjoy its beauty!
Matthew 30046 This section of the river should enjoy the same protections as the rest of the river.
Lane 30350 Everyone deserves the same opportunity to experience Nature in the city.
Sara 30307 The Middle Chattahoochee is a treasure that not enough Georgians value for recreation. Thank you for designating this segment of the Chattahoochee for Recreation Use!
Sue 30305 This section of the Chattahoochie qualifis and needs much greater protection.
Julia 30076 I live in Roswell, just across from the river. My husband and I are frequent paddlers. The entire river deserves the same protections that we have here.
Teresa 30101 Clean water is so important for our community!
Debbie 30345 We need clean water for recreation and we desperately need places to go to get exercise and enjoy nature. Environmentally clean places will be the most desirable places in the future. Protection is an investment in remaining viable.
Jeff 30030 I love to canoe and kayak and enjoy the whitewater rafting in Columbus GA. I also enjoy fishing all over the River
Linda 30316 If we don’t protect these waters now, there will be little for our children and our children’s children to enjoy. I want to leave a legacy of beauty for the people.
Nicole 30152 We float down the chattahoochee almost every other weekend in the summer.
Tiffany 31804 We need our rivers clean!
Fran 30240 We live on West Point Lake in LaGrange area. We are out on the dock and enjoy the water and the surrounding wildlife. We volunteer by bringing water samples to our local CRK office each week.
Scott 30309 I love paddling ALL sections of the ‘Hooch!
Artie 30259 The Chattahoochee River should be kept clean enough for swimming, fishing, paddling and other water activities. It is an important part of Atlanta and this area of Georgia.
Tim 30319 I spend time on the Chattahoochee River paddling from Helen, GA to the Gulf of Mexico. My current location is Morgan Dam.
Travis 30339 I spend approximately 70-80 days a year using the river for recreational opportunities like fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, and scuba diving. It’s such a beautiful river that many animals call home like geese, ducks, nutria, beaver, shoal bass, striped bass, trout, panfish. It’s a shame we let our businesses and citizens dump trash into it like it’s a dump! I’ve seen first hand literally 1000’s of plastic bottles, basketballs, diapers, and other trash pouring out of rotten wood creek after a rain. There are 100s of tires on the stretch between powers ferry and paces mill. We need to DO SOMETHING to save the river for future generations.
Sara 30033 I have gone on paddling excursions on the river and plan to in the future. This river is an essential resource in this crowded metropolitan area of Atlanta. It is a place to commune with nature and refresh from the hustle and bustle of crazy city traffic and general frenetic pace of city living. Please do all you can to preserve the entire river for the sake of all of us and the nature it contains.
Brett 30033 I take my dogs to the river every week. It’s embarassing and disappointing that the Georgia EPD isn’t doing everything in their power to protect the people of Georgia and our beautiful river.
Tammy 30144 I have kayaked this area. Please make this section of the river safer for all Georgians.
Diane 30230 I have recently purchased a home on West Point Lake and look forward to exploring it in a canoe. The amount of trash that ends up along the lake is incredible. We really need to protect our waterways and our beautiful lake so that my children and future grandchildren will have a place to enjoy.
Shaquetta 30331 It will the help community
Richard 30075 Kayaking this area, camping annually. Keep it pristine and beautiful!
Cindy 30318 Do the right thing! Protect our waters!
Roger 30307 We paddle on the river.
Woods 30327 After taking a class at my school (Westminster) about the impacts of the Chattahoochee river on a national level, I understand the importance of allowing areas to be marked as recreational. Recreational spaces on the water not only help the river, but also local business that rely on these spaces. Hopefully more people will learn about the vital importance that rivers (especially those with marked recreational areas) bring to their states.
Rebecca 30268 I have not spent time yet–just want to be able to kayak. It would mean a lot.
Lynda 30268 Why are high standards not a high priority for all watersheds?
Brenda 30268 The rivers beauty and health should be in tact for the South side residents to enjoy to fish and paddle safely
Diana 30230 My grandchildren an I enjoy swimming and fishing in the lake during the warm months. Cooking out in the parks are especially enjoyable. Please keep our water clean.
Roseann 30062 The greatest asset to our state is recreation. Showing the value of recreational waterways can only enhance the opportunities for Georgia to grow well!
James 30044 Have paddled on this stretch in the past.
Sarah 30220 I am an employee at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. I LOVE this river. It is a popular place for kayaks, canoes, fishing, tubing, and more. We NEED clean water to play in.
Joanna 30263 The are multiple swimming spots along the river that I my kids would like to use but I haven’t let them due to health concerns. We use the river mainly for kayaking but it’d be nice to be able to take a dip when the weather gets hot.
William 30265 We enjoy kayaking, and live near this area. We would love to paddle this section, but the water is nasty (smell, and trash). We frequently drive further to paddle cleaner water.
Leigh 30344 I’ve spent time on the river south of Atlanta. Whether on the river or enjoying the land nearby for biking, it’s important that we protect this natural resource.
Amy 30265 I think paddling, swimming, and fishing should always be available and safe in our waterway.
Michael 30263 Beautiful stretch of river needs to be cleaner.
Alicia 30316 My husband and I kayak and would like our sons to be able to kayak with us, but we are concerned about the quality of the water.
Erin 30306 I look forward to spending time on the Chattahoochee every summer!
Ashley 30277 It would be nice to be able to go here with my family.
Todd 30318 I live very close to the river in this non-recreational area and want to see it become a place to be able to go and Kayak and enjoy the water without worrying about contamination. This will help improve quality of life and property value for many Atlanta residents. Please make it happen!
Kavin 30316 I swim with my dogs
Sharanya 30316 I have been canoeing on this section of the river, and would like for it to be safe for recreational use.
Joey 30318 In June 2017 my wife and I bought a home in the Riverside neighborhood of Atlanta adjacent to the Chattahoochee. The proximity to the river was a major selling point for us when we purchased our home. I am also an avid river kayaker and have explored most sections of the Chattahoochee as it runs through the Palisades into the Vinings area and on down to my house in Riverside. The river and its surroundings through this section are quite beautiful all the way to the water treatment facilities which is, of course, right where the current Recreation and Drinking Water designation ends. After this point at Marietta road the transition to an industrially impacted river is stark. The appearance as well as the smell of the river changes quite dramatically and the impact from even a hand full of industries (The municipal water treatment facilities for ATL and Cobb county, CW Matthews, GA Power’s Plant McDonough-Atkinson, and Argos cement) is very evident. The idea that any section of the Chattahoochee river would not have some sort of protections is criminal especially when one considers that the unprotected section of river is below the city of Atlanta which has a number of industries such as the ones listed above impacting the river. As the river flows away from the city many people downstream see the influences of ATL citizens who are disconnected from the impact that we create. These miles of river south of Atlanta should receive the same sort of protection that we apply to the river upstream. Unfortunately many city dwellers prefer to remain ignorant to our impacts so long as we keep the river clean for our own benefits.
Lindsey 30316 I like to swim and wade in the Chattahoochee with my kids. It should be for recreational use!
FARrah 30316 My friends and I do an annual paddle trip on the Chattahoochee and have recently taken up paddle boarding too. This area should be designated for recreational use!
Jamie 30030 I love the Chattahoochee. I paddle and swim in the river with my friends every year. This section of river should be designated for recreation!
Pat 30143 Paddle on Paddle Ga try 2014. Loved it
Frederic 30310 I frequent this area to escape the craziness of city living.
Ned 30548 Designate for recreational use
Stephanie 30310 I grew up along the Chattahoochee and would love to see this area available for swimming, wading, hiking, paddle boarding, tubing, fishing, etc. It is a great educational tool and natural resource.
Jan 30263 I volunteer at CBSp, and this is my section. I say this affectionately, because I know I share this ownership with many. I am dedicated to preserving my section of”The Hooch”!
Gregory 30324 Why has it taken this long EPD to recognize the obvious benefit of treating this section of river with the respect in surely deserves.
Kristen 30030 I love spending time paddling, swimming and wading in the Chattahoochee. This section of river should be designated for Recreation. Thank you.
Tara 30324 I regularly paddle and float on this section of the Chattahoochee (especially near Chattahoochee Bend SP), and also regularly hike along several sections of the River and its tributaries along this range. As I, my friends, and our dogs are regularly in this water, I definitely think they should be protected for recreational use and regularly monitored for harmful contaminants!
Cynthia 31774 Protecting this portion of the river is vital to human and animal existence. It’s less costly to keep a river healthy than having to restore a rivers eco system after it has been damaged.
Ginny 35124 Kayaking, swimming, wading
Michael 30507 Paddling
Mark 30047 I’m requesting that the Chattahoochee river water quality be increased on this section of the river, because the Recreation boaters usage of the river. there is no valid excuse not to increase the quality targets. Cost of compliance is not a valid excuse when dealing with public waterways. Its a reasonable expected public service and public safeguard, that we expect from our Govt.
Karin 30265 Paddling, Swimming
Robert 30215 Kayaking, watching eagles
Laura 30265 paddling
Douglas 30265 Kayaking
Keith 30316 While there exists a reach of the Chattahoochee from Standing Indian down stream through south Fulton that I would be dubious of swimming, raising the designated use to RECREATION would provide incentive to continue the efforts to maintain and improve the quality of this magnificent river. It is incumbent on EPD to forward to ensure the Chattahoochee and all rivers throughout Georgia are managed for continuous improvement of water quality.
Jordan 30316 The section of the Chattahoochee under question needs more protection. Current levels of pollution make swimming and wading unsafe.
Joanne 31833 Our friends and family enjoy the lake, but so much trash and needles wash up on the shore that sometimes it is unsafe. Please help protect it so it is safe for swimming, boating and our stand up paddle boards!
Douglas 30076 Middle GA should add further protection of this precious resource. If metro Atlanta can protect the waters from industry, middle Ga can protect the waters from agriculture.
William 30318 Swimming
isham 30189 Floating the river and fishing. Obviously catch-and-release as the fish are probably not safe to eat.
Chris 30339 I enjoy fishing, paddling and hiking along the Chattahoochee
Gregory 30080 It’s time we protect what is so valuable and vital to us all.
JAY 30082 FISHING PADDLING AND BOATING
Allan 30082 paddling, McIntosh Reserve
Hailey 30263 Kayaking hiking rafting
Cecelia 30263 Fishing kayak hike
Herndon 30268 kayak, fishing
Charles 30213 Paddling
Sheryl 30213 Swimming, paddling and wading.
Hugh 30268 No access in Chatt Hills
David 30268 You must include fishing and hunting in this effort as well
Jennifer 30075 paddling, wading
Michael 30360 All of the above. Love it !
Nancy 30047 Paddling, swimming & wading.
Eddie 30205 Nature
James 30180 Kayak and fishing
Shamsh 30338 Wading in river
Darlene 30078 I like Nature Hikes
Will 30305 Fishing. Let the hooch be protected. Please
Todd 30185 Fishing, kayaking
April 30033 Kayaking, fishing, wading and swimming
Ashley 15206 Paddling swimming and fishing
Matthew 30339 Floating and swimming
Madison 30318 Fly fishing, One of the most beautiful areas in Atlanta.
Caleb 30309 Fishing and swimming and tubing
Richard 30030 Paddling Canoe & Kayak
William 30213-1837 paddling, wading
Paul 30241 Fishing
James 30339 Kayaking, Swimming, Tubing
Thomas 30041 Rivers are the lifeblood of our culture, not waste disposal systems. It is far more economically effective to keep them clean rather than to have to clean them up. Please plan ahead like adults.
Chris 30268 I am concerned about the water quality once it flows through Atlanta and reaches our part of Fulton County. I hope that such a designation will help improve water quality so bacteria levels and overall water quality is good enough to not pose a health risk if your in the river
Sharon 30354 exploring
Leah 30230 We swim, kayak, fish in the northern part of the lake.
Laura 30117 wading
Shane 30263 Canoeing and fishing.
Charles 30213 We need a clean river for everyone!
Tammy 30052 Paddling
Lucinda 30230 fishing
Brendan 30324 The entire river throughout Atlanta is disgusting and lined with garbage. The least the government can do is enforce better water quality standards.
Connor 30318 Fishing
Brett 30265 Kayak and fishing
Robert 30263 Why do humans pollute our own source of life?
Kathy 30078 Kayaking
Curt 30277 Fishing, kayaking, bird and wildlife watching. Need to somehow curb the garbage and chemicals that flow down from Atlanta….
John 30277 Canoeing and kayaking.
Pamela 30263 Paddling
Amy 30265 Rafting and kayaking down the hooch.
Bruce 30033 Polluted water is not bound by its river banks it moves well beyond these borders. Clean water is essential to our future to stop pollutants from migrating from water into the air we breathe, and plants we eat and causing cancer to 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men.
Thomas 30318 I like to walk to the Chattahoochee River and just enjoy the comfort of nature. However in the Whittier Mill Village & Riverside area the river banks are not maintained and there is no public access thus making it unusable for recreation. It is also ugly and full of debris.
Lisandro 30316 Make the Chattahoochee officially fun!
Amy 30064 Limit bacteria!!!
Kelly 30277 I am a kayaker and paddle boarder and am very concerned with the condition of the river water in this section of the Chattahoochie. I worry for my family’s health and safety when we are on this section of the river.
Katherine 30316 Save the Hooch for FUN!
Bill 30312 I love to float down the Chattahoochee river in tubes and also in Kayaks on nice warm days!
Rachel 30310 I love playing in the water during those HOT summer months!
Gail 30265 Vital to all of the above& human beings and animals alike
Anna 30315 Paddling and swimming!
Matthew 30340 Swimming and boating
Craig 30307 Please designate this section of the Chattahoochee as for recreational use — I love canoeing on the river and swimming in it is such a great break from the heat of summer.
Tenzin 30345 BTS
Cora 30341 swimming
Nicolas 30341 swimming
Weston 30345 swimming
Carlos 30041 paddling
Diana 30341 Wading
Miranda 30341 I like the feel of water
Crystal 30341 water is vital to life
Joyce 36870 I raised my kids on that river. They are grown now.
jacob 30126 why not?
Rissa 30319 Kayaking
Caroline 30318 Dog walking and swimming
Veronica 30318 Tubing, kayaking, fishing
Robert 30240 Protect protect protect!
Kirkland 30024 Canoeing, cleaning up litter at the settles Bridge NWA
Michael 30308 You don’t know what you have until you lose it.
Paul 30344 kayaking
Trenton 30263 I love the river, we weren’t allowed to play in it much as kids because of the pollution from ATL and the airport. Love the parks in the area and would love to see a cleaner river for the new generation!
Brett 30318 biking, hiking, paddling, swimming, wading, fishing
Lynsey 30240
Doris 35242
Tonya 30047
anna 30269
Nina 30316
Alex 30308
Donald 30214
Phyllis 30033
Abe 30317
Grace 30306
Roger 30017
Bob 30068
Elsie 30324
C 30075
dj 30339
John 30504
Tammy 30127
David 30312
Daniel 30317
Patrick 30024
Avis 30022
Kyle 30030
Walter 30076
Danny 31836
Jeff 30075
Sam 30004
Sharon 30066
Craig 30022
Bruce 30135
Terrie 30350
Ben 30339
LW 30076
Kimberly 30328
Adriana 30189
Larry 30188
Harriet 30342
Charles 30024
Karen 30311
Stacy 30319
Ken 30132
Marsal 30350
Andrew 30075
Jane 30240
Kevin 30005
Gerard 30328
Laura 30263
Diana 30268
Beryl 30307
Elizabeth 30307
Matthew 30307
Judy 30268
Melissa 30188
Hugh 30268
James 30269
ben 30268
Lynn 30268
Brandi 30052
Lorrie 30318
Michael 30268
Anna 30312
Charlotte 30268
Thomas 30512
Nancey 30268
Victoria 30002
Kal 30022
Sharon 30305
Paddle 30314
ALAN 30268
Roderick 30339
Dallas 30126
JAMES 30268
Rachel 31605
Sean 30268
Trella 30277
ELAINE 30683
Jo 30268
Steve 30268
Rebecca 30268
Doug 30076
Korri 30310
David 30338
Doug 30603
Anthony 30312
Carol 30268
Nancy 30328
Woodie 30339
Hoyt 30328
Craig 30030
Michelle 30328
Phyllis 30213
Shirlee 30022
Ashley 36863
william 30185
CYNTHIA 30092
John 30076
Daniel 30075
Annella 30268
jackie 30268
Steve 30075
Patrick 30097-4055
Karen 30368
Cindy 30312
Dianne 30268
Lisa 30268
Bobbie 30213
Andrew 30340
Terri 30213
Helen 30268
George 30269
Nicole 30350
Ronald 30115
Molly 30324
Camille 30268
Sara 30062
Judy 30268
Alan 30327
KATHERINE 30075
Richard 30341
Cary 31069
Martin 30269
John 30075
Roy 30041
louis 30230
Stephanie 30230
Robert 30339
richard 30268
Lisa 30032
harriet 30230
Mark 30022
Kate 30032
Nancy 30240
norah 30030
Leigh 30030
Adelyn 30309
John 30307
Janelle 30340
Rincon 30152
Shelby 30171
Scott 30047
Jennifer 30033
Amy 30033
Georgia 31220
Doris 30076
Terry 30263
Alice 30265
Leslie 30041
Donna 30217
Brigitte 30033
Johnson 30185
Ian 30263
Kay 30268
Clay 30135
Jon 30265
Joseph 30268
Michael 30349
Donna 30277
Lyndsay 30268
PATIENCE 30135
Walter 30188
Adam 30082
Christine 30066
Anne 30135
Patrick 30328
Georgette 30213
Laura 30307
Addie 30230
Zachary 30327
Rick 30312
Peter 30067
Paul 30033
Troy 30004
David 31763
Karen 30076
John 30004
Tom 30075
Donna 30240
Jim 30075
sylwester 30501
Chris 30328
James 30075
Brown 30217
Holly 30170
Deborah 30259
Art 30265
David 31909
Tiffany 30318
John 30263
Vance 30318
Andrea 30265
Beth 30318
Phil 30064
Sean 30316
melanie 30263
Bonnie 30030
Marilyn 30263
Lauren 30307
Justin 30318
Dan 30002
Faried 30307
Daniel 30318
Lauren 30317
Bernard 30318
Lauren 30307
Melanie 30033
Dale 30501
Valentina 30341
Stevan 30318
Janette 30263
Catie 30318
Carmen 31405
eugene 30501
Amanda 30308
Ben 30317
Brianne 30317
Andrew 30030
Carol 36877
Tom 30022
James 36854
Michael 30504
Jerry 30217
Travis 30318
Jill 30043
Thomas 30501
Rose 30501
Cheryl 30022
Joshua 30126
Susan 30135
Becky 30345
Lily 30345
Paul 30566
Linda 30548
Elizabeth 30308
diane 30501
Michael 30030
Aili 4530
Erin 30277
Beth 30318
Sue 30566
Tonya 30217
Dora 30535
Gehna 30350
Gwen 30318
janet 30093
Alec 30318
Jonathan 30318
Laura 30542
Dustin 30318
Andy 30263
Apeksha 30043
Emrys 30318
Gregory 30533
Ray 65681
Greta 30126
Trent 30126
William 30062
Melissa 30318
brian 30318
Philip 30265
Crystal 30126
Trae 30519
Mackenzie 30630
Aron 30630
Cameron 30318
Robert 30030
Angela 30076
Larry 30269
Andrew 30310
David 30318
Michael 30126
Patti 30263
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