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Webinar March 29: Environmental Justice in the 303(d) Program

Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2021 | Posted in News

A case study from Georgia’s South River

On March 29, 2021 at 2PM EST, Dr. Jacqueline Echols, Board President of the South River Watershed Alliance, will present a webinar on Environmental Justice under 303(d) and TMDL programs as part of NEIWPCC’s National 303(d)/TMDL Webinar Series. 

The South River flows through two heavily developed municipalities, the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County. For decades, it has been on Georgia’s 303(d) list of unhealthy waters due to fecal coliform bacteria and PCBs from combined sewer overflows and stormwater runoff. Despite TMDL plans in place since 2002 to restore water quality, the river still does not meet the state’s lowest water quality standards.

Communities of color bear the brunt of this ongoing pollution. For example, a Clean Water Act consent decree only includes a deadline to eliminate sewage pollution in the predominantly white sections of DeKalb County and has no deadline for eliminating pollution in two-thirds of DeKalb County where most African Americans reside. 

Register online for the webinar, which is free and open to the public. The webinar will be recorded and will be available online for those who cannot join March 29 

Since 2016, NEIWPCC, through a grant from the EPA, has hosted a series of informational webinars for state, territorial, and tribal program staff working on pollution budgets in impaired waterways under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.  

The webinars have featured presentations from a diverse array of experts on topics ranging from modeling tools to media relations skills. All previous webinar recordings, presentations, and supporting material are available in our archives. To propose a topic for a future webinar, submit an abstract here or contact Emma Gildesgame with ideas.  

Please contact Emma Gildesgame with any questions or comments. 

Notice of Sanitary Sewer Spill in DeKalb County, GA.

Photo Credit: South River Watershed Alliance