Citizens group concerned about landfill polluting Etowah River

Photo Susan Girton
Water testing volunteers needed to monitor Etowah River

Stop Trashing Forsyth and the Etowah, LLC is a citizens group that is opposed to the expansion of dumping and to any permit which would allow toxic coal ash/fly ash to be dumped in the Advanced Disposal Eagle Point landfill.

The landfill is located in the northwest corner of Forsyth County on the bank of the Etowah River. According to a letter from the LLC to Forsyth County News (11-19-2017), Advanced Disposal has applied for an expansion to accommodate up to 25,000,000 yards of waste. The landfill is currently not in compliance with state regulations including the release of excessive levels of arsenic into the Etowah River.

Advanced Disposal Eagle Point landfill is the fastest growing landfill in Georgia. The Etowah River flows into Lake Allatoona and is a source of drinking water for Cherokee, Bartow, and Cobb counties. The potential pollution of the Etowah River from coal ash affects more than just the citizens of Forsyth County. The organization also requests that the county withhold approval of the associated methane plant until a comprehensive assessment on the human health, safety, and environmental impacts has been completed.

A call to action

According to a recent email, the citizens group “is trying to arrange water quality testing for folks in our area who would like to become "official" water quality testers of the Etowah River. This will require two types of training. The first session will be classroom based and last about 3 hours. The second session will be at the river and will last 2-3 hours. Our goal is to try and arrange both sessions on one Saturday. Representatives from the Upper Etowah River Alliance will be coordinating the training with us.”

A minimum of 15 volunteers is needed to schedule a training session, so trained volunteers can then take water quality samples on an ongoing basis. Volunteers can email Susan Girton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with volunteer(s) names, email address, and any questions.

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