of rivers in Georgia
Rivers of Georgia: Overview of Georgia whitewater, Georgia
paddling, Georgia canoeing, Georgia kayaking, Georgia rafting,
Georgia fly-fishing, Georgia river conservation, Georgia river
law, and Georgia river access.
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- Reports and descriptions of specific rivers in Georgia.
- The current status of river conservation and access
issues in Georgia.
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Court rules against public access
A March 10, 1997, ruling barred the public from canoeing down
the Armuchee Creek, citing private ownership of the streambed as
sufficient reason to allow the creek's adjacent landowner to
restrict public access to the waterway, according to the account
below. This injunction against the Georgia Canoeing Association
is representative of cases where lower courts have ruled against
the federally protected right of the public to have free access
to navigable waterways.
Finding that the public has not acquired a right of
passage on Armuchee Creek, the Georgia Supreme Court has
affirmed a Chatooga Superior Court injunction barring the
Georgia Canoeing Association from traveling on the creek
where it passes through appellee Ralph Henry's property.
(Georgia Canoeing Association et al. v. Henry, No. S96A1594.)
Justice Leah J. Sears, writing for a unanimous Supreme
Court, found that the creek is not a navigable stream under
federal, Georgia or common law and that the public has not
acquired a right of passage by prescription. The canoeing
association brought suit when Henry took steps to prevent
canoeing on the creek. Henry responded with a request that the
appellants be enjoined from traveling in boats and canoes
through his property.
The trial court granted Henry an interlocutory injunction.
When it granted summary judgment on his request for a permanent
injunction, the Supreme Court reversed. On remand, the trial
court held a hearing and entered a detailed order granting
Henry's request. Because the creek can be classified as
nonnavigable and because Henry owns land on both sides of the
creek, the trial court found that he owns the entire streambed
and has the right to exclude passage over the water which flows
Desperately seeking support for
NGTO, a conservation/fishing club in Atlanta, Ga., is
currently considering its options in the fight against the
devastation taking place in and around the Chattahoochee river,
writes J. Jones of Temple, Ga. "We are a small but
dedicated group of anglers and boaters that are in desperate
need of 'bigger muscle' to save this beautiful river. Hot water
runoff from housing developments and parking lots, and a lack of
awareness by the general public is killing our trout river. We
need your support desperately. We are not necessarily asking for
money. We just need others to stand with us and say that it is
not acceptable to kill our river. Anything you could do to help
us would be greatly appreciated."
NORS responded with the following answer: "Thanks for
alerting us. Our suggestion is that you prepare a nice folder,
printed with money from an area outdoor business or other
willing donor, titled something like, 'Why the Chattahoochee
River Must Be Conserved.'
In it, you explain that the river is 'held in trust for
the public' by the state, for "navigation, recreation,
and fisheries," pursuant to numerous court decisions
collectively known as the Public Trust Doctrine.
You explain that the public values of this river are being
ruined in the ways you describe. You explain that local
landowners, with or without government assistance, are
responsible for holding their polluted parking lot runoff
waters in holding ponds on their premises, then gradually
releasing the water into the river and its tributaries after
most of the contaminants have settled out.
You explain that other factors causing damage to the river
must also be minimized by the people who generate them.
You distribute this folder for free to local
community leaders, the media, and the interested publics.
You then follow up and keep after community leaders and
polluters until the damages are minimized.
Note that you (and other people you recruit to help) can earn
points good for river gear by sending copies of your work to
the River Conservation Team. You can also get further legal
information in the river law section of our website.
J. Jones can be reached at
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