Water conservation

Georgia Power Highlights Waterway Conservation Efforts for Third Week of Environmental Awareness Month

In honor of the third week of Environmental Awareness Month in September, Georgia Power highlights its efforts to improve and protect Georgia streams and the species that live there, such as Shoal Bass.

At Georgia Power, our projects are aimed at conservation, restoration and awareness, so that future generations have a thriving, healthy and beautiful place to feel at home. The company is highlighting four major conservation areas as part of Environmental Awareness Month: land, sensitive species, waterways and habitats.

Last week, the company presented its conservation of sensitive species, including the gopher turtle, Georgia state reptile. As one of the oldest living species native to Georgia and a key species of swamp pine forests, it is home to hundreds of other species. In the first week, the company showcased its land management practices, including the maintenance and operation of over 100,000 acres of land, 60,000 acres of water, and over 15 lake properties as that the largest non-governmental provider of public recreation in Georgia.

Week 3: We improve and protect waterways

Some lakes: Georgia Power’s 16 hydroelectric generating lakes not only generate clean, renewable electricity, but also provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Georgia Power Lakes offer some of the best fishing in the state. Public boat launches offer anglers and boaters convenient locations to explore mountain lakes by Northeast Georgia to the coastal plain of Southwest Georgia. For day trippers, the public beaches and picnic facilities provide a quick getaway. For those who wish to extend their stay, the camping facilities welcome everyone from those with a tent, to families with a full-size RV.

Subsidies for water: In honor of World Water Day last March, the Georgia Power Foundation highlighted $ 1 million in environmental grants to eight organizations statewide. Grants fund projects focused on preservation and restoration Georgia streams, lakes and rivers. Through this program, the Foundation invests in water quality improvement projects that are designed to contribute measurable benefits to environments and communities across the state. Georgia. These first grant recipients are supporting water supply solutions through the Chattahoochee, SavannahFlint, Coosa, Ocmulgee, Altamaha and Ogeechee pools. These projects are designed to contribute measurable benefits to environments and communities across the state.

Bench bass: Bass is native to the Apalachicola River basin, which includes the Chattahoochee and Flint systems in Georgia and they were also introduced into the Ocmulgee River. As their name suggests, they prefer rocky areas in the current. Also known as ‘shoalies’, these fish are both a popular sport fish and a species of conservation concern. Georgia Power has been an active partner in the research and conservation of Shoal Bass for over a decade.

Georgia Power Conservation and Water Stewardship
For more than 100 years, Georgia Power has used the natural energy of falling water to generate efficient and economical energy for Georgia. The company sponsors and helps clean up rivers and lakes in the state near several of its power plants, helping thousands of volunteers pick up millions of pounds of trash from state waterways over years. Georgia Power also sponsors Rivers Alive, a volunteer waterway clean-up event targeting streams, rivers, lakes, beaches and wetlands across. Georgia.

The company is also dedicated to researching new technologies to reduce, conserve and improve the quality of water returned to the environment from power plants such as the Georgia Power Water Research and Conservation Center (WRCC) located in Plant Bowen and Plant McDonough. To learn more about Georgia Power’s commitment to environmental stewardship, visit GeorgiaPower.com/Environment.

SOURCE Georgia Power


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