About Coastal Watersheds

1. More than half of Georgia's land area drains into Georgia's coastal river systems.

2. Coastal waters receive pollution from many sources upriver, including both rural areas and some of the Southeast's most rapidly urbanizing communities.

3. As a result of increased pollution, protection of coastal water quality, fisheries, and nature-based economic interests is both a local and a statewide issue.

4. It is estimated that 40,000 jobs and an estimated $1-billion a year in business activities depend on these resources.

5. Proposals for transferring water from coastal rivers to city and county water systems in other parts of the state threaten the health of these ecosystems.