Miles of white sandy beaches, wetlands, bays and swamps here support tourism and fishing industries. The coast is also a habitat for migratory birds,…Read More »
turtles and other rare species. The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) said that another oil spill like the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 could happen again because offshore oil drilling regulations are not strict enough. Less «
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Catawba-Wateree River Basin, South Carolina & North Carolina
Credit: Ken Teeter/SELC
Comprising 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) of waterways, the Catawba-Wateree River System originates on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge mountains and…Read More »
then winds through the rapidly urbanizing North Carolina Piedmont before entering the lush lowlands of South Carolina. Along its 300-mile (483-km) route, it provides clean water and recreation for hundreds of thousands of people. Pollution from coal ash, which is waste from coal-fired power plants, is a threat to the basin, according to the SELC.
An hour's drive north of Atlanta, Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area is a 10,000-acre wooded refuge for hunters, anglers, paddlers and bikers who enjoy…Read More »
miles of scenic backcountry trails crisscrossed by the Etowah River. Shoal Creek, a major tributary feeding the Etowah, is home to federally protected fish species found nowhere else in the world.
According to the SELC, a $650 million proposed reservoir on Shoal Creek would be filled with 100 million gallons of water per day pumped from the Etowah River. This could harm the aquatic life in the river, the center said.
The North Carolina Piedmont is a source of drinking water for some 2.4 million people, The gas drilling industry is pushing to bring "fracking" to the…Read More »
region, the SELC said. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses a high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals to extract natural gas. The process has been linked to groundwater contamination, pollution in lakes and rivers, even earthquakes. Less «
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Savannah Harbor, South Carolina & Georgia
Credit: Robert Llewellyn/SELC
The marshlands of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge provide a vital rest stop for thousands of migratory waterfowl, as well as a permanent home for…Read More »
many other species.
The Army Corps of Engineers plan to deepen 38 miles (61 km) of the Savannah River shipping channel. Over the years, dredging of the Savannah River has allowed saltwater from the Atlantic to chip away at the refuge's freshwater marshes, the SELC said, and even more will be lost if the channel is further deepened. Less «
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Credit: Katherine Vance/SELC
Clean drinking water for over 1 million people in Southside, Va., and North Carolina could be threatened if Virginia lifts its 30-year ban on uranium mining,…Read More »
the SELC said. Radioactive waste leaking into streams and groundwater would up the risk of cancer, birth defects and other health problems from exposure to uranium or mining chemicals, according to the center.
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Virginia & Tennessee Mountains
Credit: Robert Llewellyn/SELC
The scenic beauty of the Southern Appalachians, along with its wildlife habitat, endangered species, headwater streams and clean drinking water, are under…Read More »
threat from mountaintop removal, according to the SELC. This process strips forests and topsoil from mountain ridges, and then, using tons of explosives, coal companies blast the mountaintops off to expose the underlying coal seams.