Save Dawson Forest sign now

THE ISSUE:
The city of Atlanta is considering joining forces with a private developer to build a 2,000-acre reservoir on city-owned property in Dawson Forest, some 50 miles north of Atlanta.

OUR STAND:
The Georgia Conservancy is opposed to the reservoir and has been working to prevent Shoal Creek in Dawson Forest from being dammed. A reservoir poses a number of dangers:
1. The project threatens two federally protected species of fish the Etowah and Cherokee darters, which live in the Etowah River basin and nowhere else in the world.
2. Piping water south toward Atlanta would also require a massive transfer of water from the Etowah River basin to the Chattahoochee River basin. The Georgia Conservancy believes that interbasin transfers must be done in a manner that protects our natural resources and our economic future.
3. The proposed withdrawal of 100 million gallons a day would greatly stress the Etowah River at Shoal Creek, consuming almost all of the rivers volume during the dry season that runs from July to November.
4. There are political risks, too. Shoal Creek drains into the Etowah River, which runs across state lines into Alabama. Damming the creek would further complicate the ongoing legal dispute over water resources taking place among Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

The last thing you want to do right now is to tell Alabama that you are planning to dam up 2,000 acres of water that now flows to their border and send it down the Chattahoochee, said Will Wingate, vice president of advocacy and land conservation for the Georgia Conservancy.

Then there's the issue of water quality. During the Cold War, Lockheed used Dawson Forest to test nuclear-powered aircraft, and it's possible that some radiation could make its way into the new water supply.

The Dawson Forest is a very special piece of property, Wingate said. In north Georgia, we dont have such large pieces of intact property. Ideally, the state could buy it from the aviation authority and permanently preserve it.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Through signing this petition, tell Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council that they should not allow the development of the Shoal Creek Reservoir to take place. Instead, the Atlanta Aviation Authority, which owns the property, should preserve this 10,000 acre forest for future generations of Georgians.

Sign The Petition

Sign with Facebook
OR

If you already have an account please sign in, otherwise register an account for free then sign the petition filling the fields below.
Email and the password will be your account data, you will be able to sign other petitions after logging in.

Privacy in the search engines? You can use a nickname:

Attention, the email address you supply must be valid in order to validate the signature, otherwise it will be deleted.

I confirm registration and I agree to Usage and Limitations of Services

I confirm that I have read the Privacy Policy

I agree to the Personal Data Processing

Shoutbox

Who signed this petition saw these petitions too:

Sign The Petition

Sign with Facebook
OR

If you already have an account please sign in

Comment

I confirm registration and I agree to Usage and Limitations of Services

I confirm that I have read the Privacy Policy

I agree to the Personal Data Processing

Goal
0 / 50

Latest Signatures

No one has signed this petition yet

Information

Rosie FoxBy:
Culture and SocietyIn:
Petition target:
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council

Tags

No tags

Share

Invite friends from your address book

Embed Codes

direct link

link for html

link for forum without title

link for forum with title

Widgets