Flint Riverkeeper

Flint Riverkeeper The mission of Flint Riverkeeper is to restore and preserve the habitat, water-quality, and flow of the Flint River for the benefit of current and future generations and dependent wildlife.
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Early voting is open and voters are turning out in record numbers! Don’t forget that a “yes” vote on #1 is a vote for GA...
10/13/2020

Early voting is open and voters are turning out in record numbers! Don’t forget that a “yes” vote on #1 is a vote for GA’s lands and waters!
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#flint #flintriver #flintriverga #flintriverkeeper #cleanwater #conservation #nonprofitorganization

10/13/2020

How do you get this custom box from @hanks_fish_art filled with ties from @southeasternflyworks ? Register for our auction that starts FRIDAY!
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#shoalbass #shoalbassfishing #shoalbassonthefly #flint #flintriver #flintriverga #flintriverkeeper #cleanwater #cleanwaterforall

10/07/2020
The Flint River Fall Line

FRK Board of Directors Member Les Ager and Executive Director and Riverkeeper Gordon Rogers discuss the importance of the protecting the Fall Line region of the Flint River. Shot by Matt Hanner of MotionHouse Media. Compiled and produced by Henry Jackson of Flint Riverkeeper

Some of our favorite qualities! If you have an item or two that fits this description, email henry@flintriverkeeper.org ...
10/06/2020

Some of our favorite qualities! If you have an item or two that fits this description, email [email protected] to inquire about donating it to our upcoming auction!

It's about time for the Fall bite to really heat up! Who's catching fish right now?Also, keep an eye out for our online ...
10/05/2020

It's about time for the Fall bite to really heat up! Who's catching fish right now?

Also, keep an eye out for our online auction opening October 16 and closing October 23! Shoal bass anglers will find great deals on gear from NuCanoe, Patagonia, Southeastern Flyworks, and Unicoi Outfitters! And, guided trips with the pros Peach State Fly Fishing, Flyfish GA, and Fall Line Guide Service!

You MUST preregister (it's free) by signing up at this link! https://www.betterunite.com/FlintRiverkeeper-fortheflint

Cricket Horn: Like a powder horn, but for crickets! This amazing creation is by Dan Stiles and has been donated to our a...
09/30/2020

Cricket Horn: Like a powder horn, but for crickets!
This amazing creation is by Dan Stiles and has been donated to our auction beginning on Oct 16.
This piece is truly unique, as functional as it is beautiful, and will be a treasured family heirloom for generations.
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER for the event. Registration is FREE and EASY ⬇️
www.betterunite.com/flintriverkeeper-fortheflint

09/30/2020

Wondering how to register for our virtual auction and event? Watch the video!

For 20 weeks we have generated a week in review of sorts for the Flint River and you have read it and responded to it! T...
09/26/2020
Water Wars in the News, Upcoming Event, and More!

For 20 weeks we have generated a week in review of sorts for the Flint River and you have read it and responded to it! Thank you, enjoy #20
https://conta.cc/330OvQx

Your Weekly Flint River Update In their most recent online newsletter, GA DNR reported a rare bit of good news for mussels in the Flint River. Mussels are crucial to a healthy watershed but very sensi

A hint of fall in the air has us thinking about those cool mornings and evenings on the river. Look to tomorrow's newsle...
09/24/2020

A hint of fall in the air has us thinking about those cool mornings and evenings on the river. Look to tomorrow's newsletter for a downloadable PDF of the checklist. We left a few spots open for you, what would you add?

From GA DNR’s most recent newsletter:“This Flint River tributary north of Albany has proven a mother lode of species div...
09/23/2020

From GA DNR’s most recent newsletter:

“This Flint River tributary north of Albany has proven a mother lode of species diversity since DNR began monitoring it in 2007, when record drought parched the southeast. The latest from the mark/recapture project yielded 1,235 mussels - extending exponential increases since 2017 - and site highs for Gulf moccasinshells (171), oval pigtoes (64), and shinyrayed pocketbooks (7).”

Which tributary? There aren’t but so many and we’re wondering just like you are! Regardless, this is great news for our watershed! For more on mussels, see our YouTube vid “River Mussels” https://youtu.be/xZMSmaza7c0

09/15/2020
Flint River Film Project

More video magic from Motion House Media, this time courtesy of Golden Triangle RC&D! This was a very fun project to be a part of!

The “Flint River Film Project” is a partnership of Golden Triangle RC&D, Flint Riverkeeper, and the Flint Riverquarium to film the Flint River. Filming will ...

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09/15/2020

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Rep. Debbie Buckner is a hero to us all! She has been working with the Georgia Water Coalition for 18 years to protect and conserve Georgia’s precious water resources. We presented our 2019 Clean 13 Water Hero award to her today at her home in Talbotton, GA. The Junction City Democrat cut her teeth on environmental issues impacting her hometown as a citizen activist in the early 1990s. Those battles, in part, propelled her to run for office. Now, the 17-year veteran lawmaker is a respected and knowledgeable voice for Georgia’s water and natural resources.

Because our Clean 13 celebration and awards ceremony was cancelled due to COVID, we are presenting awards in small socially, distanced ceremonies. Attendees included Mark Woodall of the Sierra Club Georgia Chapter, Gordon Rogers of Flint Riverkeeper, Gina Rogers of the Georgia Wildlife Federation, Henry Jackson of Flint Riverkeeper, and Debbie’s husband, Mike.

Learn more and read the report at https://www.gawater.org/clean-13

Do you know how to pick the right kayak paddle? The wrong paddle can really mess up an otherwise great day on the water ...
09/11/2020

Do you know how to pick the right kayak paddle? The wrong paddle can really mess up an otherwise great day on the water by wearing you out, breaking, or even causing capsize.
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A common mistake is buying a paddle that is too short but other factors come into play as well. Look to tomorrow’s River Review for a full breakdown.

Originally built as breastworks overlooking the Flint River, Fort Early was constructed in 1814 in preparation for Briti...
09/09/2020

Originally built as breastworks overlooking the Flint River, Fort Early was constructed in 1814 in preparation for British invasion during the War of 1812.
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In 1818 a log stockade was constructed by the Georgia Militia and the fort served as an important supply and defensive point during The First Seminole War, a conflict between European settlers and Native Americans occurring in the rough time frame of 1815-1820. After the conflict ended, Fort Early was
abandoned and the site was reclaimed by nature. The marker was erected in 1916 by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

What is the oddest bait/lure/fly you’ve caught a catfish on? Gina Rogers was caught by surprise over the holiday weekend...
09/08/2020

What is the oddest bait/lure/fly you’ve caught a catfish on? Gina Rogers was caught by surprise over the holiday weekend when this catfish struck a Rapala!
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Featuring prominent barbels resembling a cat’s whiskers, catfish are found across the globe on every continent except Antarctica. Here in the South, the fish have a strong cultural significance and carry a number of colorful nicknames such as “chuckleheads” and “mudcats”.
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Primarily benthic feeders (bottom of the river), catfish will eat just about anything crossing their path. Anglers fishing the Flint will catch one of three types, channel cats, blue cats, and flatheads. Channels are native to the Flint but the other two have been introduced.

There's been a good bit of talk this week on Clean 13 Awards from Georgia Water Coalition! For more information on GWC, ...
09/05/2020

There's been a good bit of talk this week on Clean 13 Awards from Georgia Water Coalition! For more information on GWC, Flint River SWCD, and the awards, check out our newsletter. It is in your inbox or at the link!: https://conta.cc/332uUOG

09/03/2020
River Mussels with Dr. Steve Golladay

Aquatic biologist Dr. Steve Golladay on the importance of mussels to streams and rivers. This project is shot by Matthew Hanner of Motionhouse Media and produced by Henry Jackson of Flint Riverkeeper.

Low water levels in the Flint expose a number of rock formations created by early indigenous peoples of the Flint waters...
09/03/2020

Low water levels in the Flint expose a number of rock formations created by early indigenous peoples of the Flint watershed.
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These fish weirs were built to channel fish downstream into a basket and was a popular and effective method of fishing.
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For locations of all known weirs on the Flint, reference Joe Cook’s “Flint River User’s Guide” available for purchase by sending [email protected] an email!
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#flint #flintriver #flintriverkeeper #riverkeeper

This afternoon, along the Flint River, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District accepted their Clean 13 Award fr...
09/02/2020

This afternoon, along the Flint River, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District accepted their Clean 13 Award from Georgia Water Coalition presented by Georgia River Network!
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FRk was proud to be a part of this safe, socially distant, outdoor celebration of hard work for clean water!
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For more on GWC and the Clean 13 Awards, look for Friday's newsletter!

"Saved in the 1970's from dam construction, and again in 2008 and 2009, this region of rapidly changing elevation and ro...
08/28/2020

"Saved in the 1970's from dam construction, and again in 2008 and 2009, this region of rapidly changing elevation and rocky shoals could have been saved from dams only to be buried by silt."
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This week's River Review is in your inbox and at the link below. The primary article, "An Abundance of Dirt," coauthored by FRk's Riverkeeper/Executive Director Gordon Rogers and Director of Outreach and Development Henry Jackson, explores the threat posed to the Flint by human-caused accelerated erosion.
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https://conta.cc/3lsHcZ4

Blunt tip, serrated blade, grippy handle, all good qualities of a river knife. More on this topic in tomorrow’s River Re...
08/27/2020

Blunt tip, serrated blade, grippy handle, all good qualities of a river knife. More on this topic in tomorrow’s River Review along with a feature article on harmful sediment in the Flint.

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08/27/2020

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Did you know our Executive Director and Riverkeeper Gordon Rogers watched over the Satilla before taking up his current ...
08/26/2020
Fishing Georgia's Satilla River – Garden & Gun

Did you know our Executive Director and Riverkeeper Gordon Rogers watched over the Satilla before taking up his current post on the Flint? Gordon also had a hand in this recent article in Garden and Gun coming to fruition. Give it a read, it is well worth your time.

During the peak of the summer redbreast bite, an entire subculture springs up on the shoulders of a small yet pugnacious—and stunningly beautiful—fish

08/24/2020

ICYMI: In May a few members of the FRk team gathered for a socially distant river trip so we could create a virtual version of our annual shoal lily paddle which was canceled this year due to coronavirus. Enjoy!

A rainy forecast may inhibit your shoal bass plans this week but Shoalie IPA from our partners @pretoriafieldscollective...
08/19/2020

A rainy forecast may inhibit your shoal bass plans this week but Shoalie IPA from our partners @pretoriafieldscollective is always an easy catch and a percentage from every sale is donated to FRk in support of our mission!
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#albanyga #shoalbass #shoalbassfishing #shoalieipa #flint #flintriver #georgiabrewery

The City of Albany experienced a moderate-sized sewerage spill at Lift Station 26 (near Albany State University) around ...
08/18/2020

The City of Albany experienced a moderate-sized sewerage spill at Lift Station 26 (near Albany State University) around midday on Sunday, 16 August 2020. The spill was estimated at 18,000 gallons. For context, the regular discharges of untreated sewage to the river from the Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) system is hundreds of millions of gallons per year, and are the subject of a major engineering project and budget initiative.
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Sewage from the LS 26 spill did reach the river. The spill was caused by an electrical failure at the lift station. City and contractor personnel had corrected the problem by around 2:00 pm and contacted Flint Riverkeeper shortly thereafter. Flint Riverkeeper volunteer David Dixon went to the site of the spill and confirmed a smell but also confirmed that there was no active, ongoing malfunction.
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Flint Rk will continue to monitor this and other sewage issues. Watershed Specialist RJ Gipaya’s regular sampling of the downtown Albany riverfront schedules for the end of this work week. No spill is good; but we are appreciative of the quick response on this one as well as the one near the Civic Center back on 23 July. We continue to encourage the City to minimize the size and frequency of these force-main spills while they work to address the larger problem of the CSOs.
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We will report water quality findings to you on Friday or Saturday. Thank you for supporting our work to hold the City accountable for improvements to Albany’s sewer system.

Read FRk's comments on the Albany CSO permit and the other latest Flint River news in this week's Review. In your inbox ...
08/15/2020

Read FRk's comments on the Albany CSO permit and the other latest Flint River news in this week's Review. In your inbox or at the link: https://conta.cc/33SRyLE

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102 Pine Avenue
Albany, GA
31701

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(229) 435-2241

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Ensuring Enough Clean Water in the Flint Watershed

The mission of Flint Riverkeeper® is to restore and preserve the habitat, water-quality, and flow of the Flint River for the benefit of current and future generations, and dependent wildlife. FRk is non-profit 501(c)3 corporation and a fully-licensed member of the Waterkeeper® Alliance, an active leader of the Georgia Water Coalition, a member of Georgia River Network, an EarthShare of Georgia member group, and maintains current Chamber of Commerce memberships in seven Flint River communities.

FRk envisions enough clean water throughout the watershed and aquifer system to support all public and private uses. We have enough water; the issue is sharing it fairly and equitably. Our work is focused on restoring flow where it has been diminished in the Flint River system and ensuring that water is clean. The Flint River and associated aquifers provide water for drinking, swimming, fishing, commercial, industrial and agricultural pursuits for more than one million people.

FRk was formed to be, and operates as, the premier advocacy organization for the Flint River. When formed in 2008, decades-old proposals to build reservoirs along the upper Flint’s main stem had resurfaced with renewed vigor. A 1980s-era Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s (GAEPD) policy to limit treated returns to the Flint had drastically affected flow conditions in the upper Flint. In addition, the mismanagement of the GAEPD’s groundwater permitting process was causing significant harm to several major tributaries in the lower Flint basin. Resulting low flow issues in both the upper and lower Flint watershed were impacting wildlife, recreation, and business pursuits.

FRk’s formation unified a voice and created an advocate for a unique and historically under-represented river system. FRk filled a once-vacant role within the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint region in environmental policy discussions. FRk remains dedicated to efforts to monitor and influence state legislative and administrative activities regarding flows, pollution permits, and aquifer protection.

Interested in becoming a Flint Riverkeeper supporter? Become a member today at www.flintriverkeeper.org or call 229-435-2241 for more information.

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Comments

The times are changing, unfortunately not for the better for many of our rivers.....
This Flint River is such a treasure! I wanted to post some of the Shoalies that I have “sho nuff “tricked with my super fluke jr. #flintriverfloats
Loving the new River Review. Keep up the good work!
Is there currently an effort to have the Flint designated as a wild and scenic river?
The public is welcome to attend this meeting.
The public is welcome to attend this meeting.
Come paddle with us on October 12th. Facebook the race below. Family event! Proceeds go to White County, Ga 4-H Club
A picture from back when y'all were just getting started at Paddle Georgia in 2008.
The Flint Riverkeeper Board and staff extends its sympathies to all who have lost anyone or anything during the storm. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every citizen of the middle and lower Flint. Michael was a VERY powerful storm. Very. The damage to families, homes, other properties, crops was enormous and will take quite some time to tally up, sort out, and remediate. Meanwhile, please know that FRk staff will be tending to family and home first, then immediately be back on the job. We have plans for getting the office back up and running, water-quality sampling, and checking on the status of coal-ash pond dikes at Plants Mitchell and Crisp. Other work will pop up, I'm certain. For those of you planning on attending the autumn gala at Rolling Meadows Farm near Sharpsburg on the 19th, our plans have not changed. We are however assessing the overall situation and will keep you posted. If you have any concerns that we can assist you with, please don't hesitate to contact us at the office ([email protected]; 229.435.2241) or me directly ([email protected]; 912.223.6761).
Did you see the squawk in today's Albany Herald? "Why do I smell raw sewage when I cross the Flint River at Oglethorpe? Smells like a Septic Tank and that's with me in my car."
Gordon--WE all must do all we can to protect and enjoy our Georgia Rivers, from the beautiful shoals along the Flint to the snow white sandbars of my beloved Satilla. Thanks for all you do.