PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
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Metropolitan North Georgia Planning District - Since its creation by the Georgia General Assembly in 2001, the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District has worked with local governments, water and wastewater utilities and stakeholders to carry out its central mission – the development of comprehensive regional water resources plans that protect water quality and water supply in and downstream of the region, protect recreational values of the waters in and downstream of the region and minimize potential adverse impacts of development on waters in and downstream of the region.
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper - Established in 1994, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) is an environmental advocacy organization with more than 6,000 members dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River Basin — drinking water source for nearly 4 million Georgians. CRK was the 11th licensed program in the international Waterkeeper Alliance, now close to 200 organizations strong.
Clean Water Campaign - The Clean Water Campaign is a regional education and outreach initiative focused on stormwater pollution and prevention for the greater Metropolitan Atlanta area. The campaign seeks to inform the public about the negative effects of stormwater pollution on our water supply, recreational opportunities, aquatic ecosystems and quality of life. It brings together local, state and federal agencies, environmental and community groups to give residents and businesses ways to prevent stormwater pollution and run-off.
Keep Georgia Beautiful - Keep Georgia Beautiful's mission is to support local Keep Georgia Beautiful affiliates as they build sustainable communities through litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, water resource management and community greening. Affiliates count on us to provide the technical assistance, professional development, and capacity building knowledge needed to help truly increase substantiality statewide.
Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful - Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is committed to making the community of Gwinnett the greenest, cleanest community in America. Our goal is to create a movement of individuals in and around Gwinnett that care about the environment and the community, and are willing to work to improve the quality of life for all the residents of Gwinnett County.
Gwinnett County Stormwater Management - For residents living outside the City limits, please contact Gwinnett County Stormwater Management. The mission of Storm Water Management Division is to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public, by providing programs and services to prevent flooding, provide adequate drainage, and protect and enhance water quality in streams and lakes in unincorporated Gwinnett County.
Georgia EPD (Environmental Protection Division) - The Environmental Protection Division(EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is a state agency charged with protecting Georgia's air, land, and water resources through the authority of state and federal environmental statutes. These laws regulate public and private facilities in the areas of air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, water supply, solid waste, surface mining, underground storage tanks, and others. EPD issues and enforces all state permits in these areas and has full delegation for federal environmental permits except Section 404 (wetland) permits.
United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) - The site contains technical and regulatory information about the NPDES permit program. The NPDES Permits Program consists of a number of programs and initiatives. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program regulates stormwater discharges from three potential sources: municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), construction activities, and industrial activities. Most stormwater discharges are considered point sources, and operators of these sources may be required to receive an NPDES permit before they can discharge. This permitting mechanism is designed to prevent stormwater runoff from washing harmful pollutants into local surface waters such as streams, rivers, lakes or coastal waters.
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center - The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is a unique partnership among the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation, the University of Georgia, the Gwinnett County Board of Education, and the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. The Center’s mission is to transform the concepts of science and history into interactive, learn-by-doing experiences that will encourage a visitor’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder about themselves and the world around them.
Chattahoochee Nature Center - The Mission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center is to provide unique learning experiences focused on the Chattahoochee River that connect people to the natural world and empower them to positively impact their local environments.