Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR) is the only nonprofit organization dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed, for the people, fish and wildlife that depend on the river system.
Three and a half million Georgians and 70% of metro Atlanta rely on the Chattahoochee for drinking water, waste assimilation, recreation, industrial uses, irrigation, and more. UCR patrols the river, its lakes and tributaries, monitors water quality, responds to citizen hotline calls, brings polluters into compliance, advocates for responsible water management policies, conducts cleanups, and performs education and outreach. Since 1994 UCR has stopped hundreds of illegal discharges into the Chattahoochee and its tributaries and insisted that local governments and industries comply with clean water laws. UCR forced the city of Atlanta to stop its chronic dumping of untreated sewage into neighborhood streams and the river and brought government, business and community attention and action to the serious pollution problems caused by soil erosion from construction sites. UCR is working to ensure that we will have enough clean water now and in the future by aggressively promoting water efficiency efforts and educating citizens and policy-makers about the causes of and solutions to the current water crisis.