Why Donate?

Our Goal is a Healthier South River

Working in partnership with residents of south DeKalb County and strategic stakeholders from Atlanta to the Atlantic coast, South River Watershed Alliance is leading the way to restoring and protecting South River by raising the visibility and promoting the value of Atlanta's "other river."



Hazardous Waste Site Threatens Headwaters

Atlanta Violating Pollutant Removal Permit

DeKalb County Consent Decree


South River Water Trail

Achieving the water trail designation for the South River will help to secure the river’s future.  The process of planning, building, and maintaining the South River Water Trail will require a community-wide effort. The water trail will provide access to the river, connect communities up and down the river to each other, unlock the river’s economic potential, and accentuate the river’s status as a valuable natural amenity. Read more about the South River Water Trail.

Rivercane - Nature’s Amazing Green Infrastructure

A major project of SRWA is the reintroduction of rivercane to the South River corridor and tributaries. This home-grown vegetation is one of nature’s most effective green infrastructures but it is severely threatened by the loss of habitat and invasive Chinese privet. The only bamboo that is native to the U.S. and southeast, rivercane can dramatically improve water quality, slow stormwater runoff, and provide critical habitat for wildlife. Read more about rivercane.
 Sign Up for the SRWA Newsletter

 Email Address

SRWA March 2015 Calendar full calendar

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
» Mar 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
» 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
» 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
» 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
» 29 30 31 Apr 1 2 3 4



Water Trail

A water trail, also sometimes referred to as a blueway, is a river, lake, or coastline that provides recreational, education and/or scenic experiences. The ultimate goal of achieving water trail designation for South River is to connect more people to the river in their backyards, and to inspire stewardship and protection of the river. Learn more here.

Consent Decree

The DeKalb County consent decree requires that the county eliminate sanitary sewer overflows. For this reason, the decree is south DeKalb's best chance for a cleaner South River, but only if it outlines a specific plan for how DeKalb County will reduce sewage pollution from fats, oils, and grease. Currently, such a plan does not exist. More consent decree here.

Fats, Oils, & Grease

The greatest threat to water quality in DeKalb County comes from sanitary sewage overflows caused by fats, oils, and grease blockages. These blockages are responsible for millions of gallons of sewage pollution in South River. Correct disposal of fats, oils, and grease is essential to addressing this crisis. Learn more here.

© 2015 South River Watershed Alliance
All Rights Reserved
PO Box 1341 | Decatur, Georgia 30031
404.285.3756(p) | 678.974.7927(f) |