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Fighting to Protect Our Flint River
Written by Flint Riverkeeper Editor-in-Chief   

Despite its humble origins below the Atlanta airport, the Flint River is undeniably one of the South's most precious natural resources. Generations have enjoyed the river as a resource to water communities, farms and industry alike, but also as an opportunity to experience the natural world through hunting, fishing, swimming and paddling. With 220 undammed river miles, the Flint is one of only 40 rivers left in the United States that flow for more than 200 miles unimpeded. Recent legislative efforts to dam a 50-mile stretch of the Flint to create a supply reservoir for Atlanta’s burgeoning water crisis have earned the Flint River the #2 spot on the list of Top Ten Most Endangered Rivers, published by American Rivers. To learn more about this story you can read about the top 10 most endangered rivers in America on CNN.com.

Revered as one of the most ecologically diverse river basins in the Southeast, the Flint River is also at risk from pollution; absorbing stormwater, agricultural and industrial runoff as it flows south out of the heart of Atlanta. As part of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river system, the Flint is entangled in the "tri-state water wars" in which Georgia, Florida and Alabama are struggling to determine water usage rights as Atlanta continues to grow beyond its resources.

The mission of the Flint Riverkeeper® (FRk) 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 a full-licensed member of the Waterkeeper Alliance and participates in the Georgia Water Coalition.

Three Rivers, Three Days

A great look at 3 Georgia rivers, including the Flint. This is a great look into the beauty and diversity of the Flint.

Flint River-related News

October 23, 2014   Flint Riverkeeper encouraging public to make their voice heard to protect Flint River
October 22, 2014   Proposed gas pipeline, Flint make Dirty Dozen list
October 18, 2014   Lee, Dougherty County Rivers Alive volunteers to clean up along 50 miles of waterways
October 16, 2014   Water Wars film tour kicks off in Albany
September 29, 2014   Public forum offers Dougherty County community opportunity to discuss pipeline
March 13, 2014   Flint River bill flows into effect
March 13, 2014   Flint River fight sure to revive in months to come
March 8, 2014   S. Gordon Rogers: 'Protection' hard to find in this bill
February 19, 2014   Conservationists want EPD emergency response force, oppose pumped storage in aquifers
February 19, 2014   Environmental groups like proposed mandate to require EPD response team
February 10, 2014   Water plan has all the signs of a Trojan Horse
February 8, 2014   Debate over Ga. plan to supplement streams
January 10, 2014   Bill would fundamentally change Georgia water law
November 13, 2013   Flint River makes the Georgia Water Coalition Dirty Dozen list again
November 13, 2013   Midstate waterways make ‘Dirty Dozen’ list
October 30th, 2013   Flint River's Georgia friends see Florida as ally in water war
October 10th, 2013   The Fight for the Flint Goes On
August 31, 2013   As a River Runs Dry
August 25, 2013   The importance of watershed conservation
August 9, 2013   Water Wars In The U.S. South: Fighting To Keep The Flint River From Going Dry In Georgia And To Save Apalachicola Bay


Flint River Fun Facts

Origin of the Flint’s Name - More than 300 years ago a Creek Indian village existed near what is now Albany. It was called "Thronateeska". The word in Creek language means "flint picking up place" and over time the name came to be applied to the river that ran by the village. -GWF

Special plants grow on a special river - The shoals spider lily, discovered in the 1770s by naturalist William Bartram, can be found on the Flint, along with greenfly orchids, corkwood, needle palm, and the very rare relict trillium. –New GA Encyclopedia

Unique features - The Lower Flint contains springs and caves which are home to the Georgia blind cave salamander and the Dougherty Plain cave crayfish. –New GA Encyclopedia