New efforts underway to restore and revitalize the Chattahoochee River

Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 8:24 PM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Big changes could be coming to the Chattahoochee River in the next few years.

Weeks ago, senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock introduced the Chattahoochee River Act to help preserve it and increase its water quality.

Tuesday, Sen. Ossoff spoke with CBS46 about new efforts for federal funding for a project to create new trails and recreational areas along the waterway.

“I want to announce a major push in the senate to expand the trails, the recreational areas and nature preserve areas along the Chattahoochee River for folks in metro Atlanta to get out and enjoy nature with their families,” said Sen. Ossoff in a Zoom interview.

The project would include new trails, bike and pedestrian bridges and other areas for people to enjoy nature.

It’s another push to improve the river, weeks after the Chattahoochee River Act was introduced.

“It will pull folks together in a way we think hasn’t really been able to happen in a long time, to kind of focus energy on the river,” said Chris Manganiello, Water Policy Director for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, when asked about the newly-introduced bill. “Our organization looks at this as an opportunity to really focus on some water quality issues. The metro Atlanta region gets about 70-75% of its drinking water from the Chattahoochee River and Lake Lanier. So, we think this act will provide some opportunities to really focus on some clean water quality issues.”