If you have put this website to use by exploring the Etowah, you can cite
dozens of reasons to protect the Etowah.
Unfortunately, just a small portion of Georgia’s population is as lucky as you, but even those who have never set foot or paddle in this river need do little more than look around to find a million reasons to protect it- the one million residents who depend upon the Etowah for all, or a portion, of their drinking water supply.
That, coupled with the fact that the Etowah has more imperiled species than any other river system of its size in the southeastern United States, is ample incentive to save the Etowah.
Dams, pollution and water diversions all threaten this biological and recreational gem that is the lifeblood for communities that lie along its banks.
You can protect the Etowah by getting involved in one of the organizations listed on the links page. Make a contribution to support their efforts, volunteer as a water monitor, get involved in a river clean up, learn about Georgia’s laws protecting our rivers, report problems when you see them, engage elected officials in supporting laws that protect our rivers and tell your friends and neighbors about the treasure that is the Etowah.
Can one person make a difference? You bet, and the river teaches us how. The spring that begins the Etowah, in and of itself, is but a trickle of water- enough to fill the canteen of a backpacker, yet by the time the young Etowah has traveled less than a mile, it is joined by dozens of other trickles. The combined force of these waters has carved and etched a path out of the mountains. As other tributaries join the flow, a mighty movement forms- an unstoppable force that feeds a million.
Likewise, the lives we lead and the choices we make can create a mighty movement – one that cherishes and protects the Etowah.