The Clean Water Enforcement Project
Georgia’s water quality problems have reached critical levels as the state agency—the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Department of Natural Resources—charged with protection of Georgia’s water resources has failed to adequately protect those resources.
As you are probably well aware, Georgia’s air pollution problems have reached critical levels. In Georgia, more than 3.2 million people live in areas where it is unsafe to breathe because of ozone pollution, often referred to as smog. Ground-level ozone can cause acute respiratory ailments, aggravate asthma, decrease lung capacity by 15 to 20 percent and weaken immune system defense. A recent scientific study estimated that air pollution in Georgia kills over 1,600 people per year.
The Georgia Biodiversity Project
Endangered species are plants or animals in immediate danger of extinction. While extinction may be a natural process, the rate of extinction has been accelerated dramatically by pollution, development, and industrial activities. As a result, we are losing up to 100 species each day, compared to the natural extinction rate of only one species every 100 years.