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What Keeps Our Rivers Clean?

In the streams and rivers of Northwest Georgia resides an unassuming but powerful champion of freshwaters.  These heroes come in many shapes and sizes, can live up to 100 years in the right conditions, and go by many names including Oval Pigtoe, Rayed Pink Fatmucket, and Little Spectaclecase.   They clean up the rivers, provide food to wildlife, and create safe habitats for aquatic critters. If you grew up along the rivers and creeks of North America you’ve almost certainly met…

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Creature Feature: Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron can be found almost anywhere where there’s water nearby in North and Central America. With a wingspan of up to 6 feet this majestic bird can easily be spotted sailing through the sky. Often mistaken for cranes, the blue heron can be identified by its s-shaped neck, especially during flight. What other fun facts make the heron distinguishable? Let’s find out! Herons Are Pro Anglers Great Blue Herons are grade a fishers. They are often spotted…

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Critter Profile: Common Box Turtle Fun Facts

The Upper Coosa River Basin is home to many incredible native species of critters. One of those critters is the Common Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene Carolina). If you grew up in the Eastern United States chances are you’ve seen these terrapins moseying across a road or two or hanging around the forest. But maybe you didn’t know some of these fun and interesting facts about them. They can have a longer life span than the average human! Eastern box turtles…

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Will Metro Atlanta Get More Water From Lake Allatoona?

A federal court ruling in October 2017 now has the ball rolling again in the battle between Alabama and Georgia over the use of water in Lake Allatoona and the rest of the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa river system. That ruling is forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to act on a Cobb County Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) request made originally in 1981 to allocate more water from Allatoona for water supplies in Metro Atlanta. Since 1963, the Corps, which manages…

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