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.