State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, Shannon-based Ball Corp. among the stars in the latest Georgia Water Coalition’s Clean 13 Report.

State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, Shannon-based Ball Corp. among the stars in the latest Georgia Water Coalition’s Clean 13 Report.

Ball Corp.’s aluminum cups helped Savannah earn a spot on the 2021 Clean 13.
State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome.

 

The Georgia Water Coalition’s Clean 13 Report for 2021 is out and has some strong local ties.

The report highlights the work of 13 businesses, local governments, non-profit organizations and individuals accomplishing extraordinary work to protect Georgia’s water and its other natural resources. The entities recognized in the report hail from all corners of the state, including Rome with a Floyd County tie to the award earned by Savannah.

The full report is here: gawater.org/clean-13. Of local interest:

  • State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler and state Rep. Andy Welch, two Georgia legislators who heled restore trust in environmental trust funds. The lawmakers “took up the cause championed by the late Rep. Jay Powell of Camilla and during the 2020 General Assembly session successfully secured legislation that restores funding for the state’s environmental trust funds. The legislation initiated a constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot that was overwhelmingly supported by voters. During the 2021 legislation session, measures were adopted that will ensure that fees collected for environmental cleanups will be used for that purpose.”
  • City of Savannah and the switch to aluminum to-go cups aims to reduce litter, plastic pollution. The cups are made in Shannon at the Ball plant. In Savannah where visitors are often seen strolling the streets of the entertainment and historic districts with drinks in hand, the city partnered with local restaurants and bars in on a pilot project to replace plastic to-go cups with infinitely-recyclable, Georgia-made aluminum cups. The pilot was so successful that additional restaurants are buying in and consumers are clamoring for the cups, taking them home as souvenirs rather than tossing them in trash cans or recycling bins.

Said Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, executive director with the Rome-based Coosa River Basin Initiative, and the main source in the media release:

“With extreme weather events raging across the globe, sea levels rising on the Georgia coast, and plastic pollution overwhelming our state’s waterways and coast, it seems the environmental problems we face are insurmountable. But, the entities recognized in this report provide us hope. Their actions are directly addressing these threats and leading us toward a more resilient and sustainable future in every corner of the state.”

Hat tip also to Joe Cook of Rome, from Georgia River Network

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