Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Endangered Flint River

Hi all:

As many of you may know, the Flint River was listed in the top 10 most endangered rivers last week.  Dennis and I had the privilege of going down to the Flint to discuss what was happening with the river -  see the article below published in The Citizen today.

One of the most important things to note is GA EPD is only recommending that one eat one bass from the river once a week due to Mercury contamination - copied below from the EPD report that took me forever to find on their website.  Women were fishing as we visited and they were unaware of any mercury contamination.  There are no signs posted to warn people and to tell them consumption recommendations.   

Flint River (Spalding/Fayette Counties) Flint River Basin 
Species Site Tested Recommendation Chemical 
Largemouth Bass Ga. Hwy. 92 1 meal/week Mercury 
Spotted Sucker See Above No Restrictions  

 Dennis Chase has done extensive research on the Flint and it is noted in his research the total lack of wildlife in the river just below the airport.  In scanning the EPD report below - there was no EPD measurement taken in area around the airport.  

We hope that you will find all of the above helpful to further protect our community.


Connie Thomas Biemiller, Chair
Environmental Institute of Georgia
P.O. Box 280
Fairburn, Georgia 30213
(O) 770-964-4864
(C) 770-314-6999
(Fax) 770-964-6165

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