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

Despite its humble origins near 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

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.

Introducing "Flint" – new film celebrating Georgia’s Flint River

American Rivers and Flint Riverkeeper are excited to give you a new film, “Flint” that celebrates the beauty of Georgia’s Flint River.

You can view the film here:

“Flint” weaves together the river connections of three local people:

Robin McInvale: Robin's husband used to take her to the Upper Flint on fishing dates. Four decades later the couple retreats to their riverside cabin most weekends to canoe and fish the waters they know as well as they know each other, introducing their grandchildren to their love of the Flint.

Jimmy Miller: Jimmy grew up fishing the lower Flint's shoals and diving its freshwater springs. He has traveled the world and currently works stints on a schooner in the Atlantic and Caribbean, spending his off-time in a simple riverside cabin, and on the river, south of Albany's Radium Springs.

Paul DeLoach: Paul is a pioneer among cave divers worldwide. He knows and loves the waters of the Flint River basin well, both above and below the surface, mapping the underground intricacies of the springs in most portions of the Floridan Aquifer in Georgia and Florida. One of the founders of Flint Riverkeeper, for decades he has been a leader in exploring and conserving the Flint’s waters.

How you can help:

Share the YouTube link above on social media with the hashtag #WeAreRivers

You can also promote the web page which will feature the film, along with an action the public can take to help restore the river.

Take Action:

Representative Lynn Smith, the powerful chair of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, is in a position to move SB 36 forward. Please send her a letter urging her to move the bill. Representative Smith’s contact information can be found here.

SB 36 Fact Sheet can be viewed here.

Flint River-related News

November 8, 2017   Water And Agriculture In Georgia - Report Highlights Trends, Opportunities to Avoid Water Wars
October 31, 2016   Florida Crossroads – Riverkeepers: Perspectives Downstream
October 29, 2016   Georgia faces another crucial court test in water war
October 4, 2016   Float on the Flint launches this weekend
October 3, 2016   Lawsuit alleges pollution of Flint River below Atlanta
September 30, 2016   MillerCoors, Riverkeeper clean up the Flint
August 23rd, 2016   Rowin’ on the river: Lee County responds to growing popularity of kayaking
August 23rd, 2016   Sabal officials: FERC ruling pre-empts local zoning
August 16th, 2016   Company providing portable toilets for Sabal pipeline project touts safety record
August 5, 2016   Flint River endangered, business owners concerned
July 14, 2016   Improvements Under Way at SR 32 Flint River Boat Ramp
March 14, 2016   Flint Riverkeeper watching state lawmakers closely
February 16, 2016   Experts: Water a precious commodity that must be protected
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


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