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DeKalb County Addresses 2 Recent Sewage Spills

Aug 30, 2017
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DeKalb County officials are working to address two major sewage spills in the county during the past couple of weeks.

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County spokesman Andrew Cauthen said permanent repairs are being developed to address last week's spill of 6.4 million gallons of raw sewage at Snapfinger Creek in Lithonia.

“We've stopped the spill, and mitigated the situation, but we've got to basically design a new system for that location,” Cauthen said.

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This is not a story about the Chattahoochee River being super-filthy or anything like that – it's really not – but if you're planning a trip to the river, you may want to check its bacteria levels first.

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Most rivers and streams have bacteria in them. It's not all dangerous for humans, but some kinds can make people sick.

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Proctor Creek has been a problem for residents of 35 northwest Atlanta neighborhoods for a long time. It’s polluted. It floods.

That’s changing, though. 

Billions of dollars' worth of upgrades to the city's sewer system and plans for a series of parks address the long-running issues with the creek. 

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Tens of millions of dollars collected by the state through small fees on things like new tires, prepaid cell phones and police fines aren’t spent how Georgia lawmakers intended, creating a system critics call a scam on taxpayers.

The piles of dumped tires along roadsides and behind abandoned lots throughout Georgia may be the most visible symbol of how environmentalists, county officials and conservatives say the state’s accounting process deceives taxpayers.

Lake Lanier Water Levels Lacking Due To Drought

Oct 24, 2016
In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 photo, a rower moves past the launching docks at Lake Lanier Olympic Park, home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games rowing events, in Gainesville, Ga.
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There's a lack of water at Lake Lanier.

The lake, which is the source of Atlanta's drinking water, is roughly eight feet below full pool, according to the Lake Lanier Association.

It's a low not seen in nearly four years.   

“We don’t have a giant river like you will see in cities like Pittsburgh and when we go into periods of drought we see our water supplies like Lake Lanier start to recede pretty quickly,” said Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth.