MACON, Ga.- The Georgia Water Coalition hosted a tele-press conference in Macon, Thursday morning for the release of the third annual Clean 13 Report. This report focuses on the extraordinary work accomplished by individuals, businesses, industries, non-profit organizations and state and local governments to protect Georgia’s water.
The organizations recognized in this report will be honored at the Georgia Water Coalition’s Clean 13 Celebration set for March 12, 2020 at Mason Fine Art Center in Atlanta.
Amerson River Park was nominated by Georgia Women (And Those Who Stand With Us) and selected by a statewide committee. It is included in this year's Report for transforming "the region’s relationship with the river. Now, local residents and visitors alike flock to the river for tubing, canoeing and kayaking. The park’s success has spawned further investments in river access and supported the development of the Ocmulgee River Water Trail," the Coalition wrote in its press release.
"Amerson River Park has been a true collaboration of many people and organizations over the years to be a major component in miles of both walking and water trails," says Georgia Women President Claire Cox. "More people and neighborhoods connected to the Ocmulgee River means more people are taking care of it and keeping it clean. The River is for everyone, and Amerson River Park is providing the access for people that both want to enjoy it and keep it clean."
"This is very exciting news for our river and trail system, and another recognition for people around the state and country to see what our government and community can do when we work together," says Macon-Bibb County District 2 Commissioner Larry Schlesinger. 'Amerson River Park has earned several such recognitions, but this one is especially important because it recognizes the Park's impact on the river and the surrounding communities."
"I'm delighted to see our community continue to be recognized for improving the quality of life by providing a place for all people to enjoy, and to provide people access to the Ocmulgee River," says Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert. "More and more, people are recognizing what an asset the river is to our lives and our lifestyles, and I look forward to when we have all the trail portions connected. When that happens, you'll be able to park at Amerson River Park, and bike, walk, or boat for miles all the way to the Ocmulgee National Historical Monument."
Other projects, people, and organizations included in this year's report include: