The workshop, set for Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gordon County Cooperative Extension Office, will focus on Georgias erosion and sedimentation laws.
Dirt washing off construction sites is considered the leading cause of water pollution in North Georgia, according to CRBI.
Muddy streams mean food chains and reproductive cycles of fish, mussels and other aquatic creatures are being interrupted, and it also means the costs of treating drinking water from theses streams goes up, said Joe Cook, CRBI executive director and riverkeeper.
He said participants will learn how to evaluate construction sites and identify violations of erosion and sedimentation laws.
This workshop helps citizens understand our dirt laws and gives them the tools they need to take action and report violations to local and state authorities.
He and David Harrison, a volunteer with NERA, the CRBIs Calhoun chapter organization, said Gordon County is poised for growth.
The growth means more jobs and a greater tax base, but it also mean more land clearing and an increase in stormwater pollution to streams like Oothcalooga Creek and the Oostanaula River, said Harrison.
CRBI staff will lead the workshop. There is no charge to participate. To register, contact Harrison at 770-547-2275 or via e-mail at email@example.com.