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Athens-Clarke County Environmental Areas
A map depicting lakes, rivers, wetlands, floodplains, and waterway buffers.

Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Map
Interactive map of watersheds, bodies of water, impaired streams, and floodplains throughout Clarke County.

Land Cover Maps

Shows changes in land use from forest and agriculture to urban uses. Maps depict land cover types including urban, forest, agriculture, clearcut, and water.

data & reports

Destination of the Week: Athens GA
Mother Nature Network reports that "The small college town of Athens, GA is thinking big when it comes to going green."

US EPA ZIP Code Search
Search this website from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to find Athens-area information about hazardous waste sites, air pollution emissions, toxic chemical releases, conditions in the Upper Oconee watershed, daily UV Index forecasts and more.

Growing Sustainably in Athens-Clarke County

Progress reports and recommendations from a coalition of local environmental groups.

Clarke County Land Use Trends
Charts and data 1974 to 2005 showing changes in landcover type and tree canopy.

State of the Air Report
The American Lung Association issues this annual report on air quality in Clarke County with data on ozone, particle pollution, at-risk groups, etc.

Metropolitan Athens Air Quality Index
Hourly measures of today's pollutant concentration in the air of Athens.

The Water Source
The Public Utilities Department issues this quarterly newsletter to provide updates on water and wastewater treatment issues & water conservation

Water Quality Report
An annual report from the Public Utilities Department providing information on the quality of drinking water in Athens-Clarke County.

Safe Drinking Water Information
U.S. EPA data for Clarke County.

Water Quality Monitoring Data
Data collected by the Upper Oconee Watershed Network in order to identify polluted streams that require immediate attention, to monitor long-term trends in water quality, and to influence water resource policy.

Georgia Water Information Network
Provides real-time and historical stage and streamflow information for the Middle Oconee River and the North Oconee River in Athens.

Best Management Practices for Community Trees
A guide to tree conservation for Athens-Clarke County.

Backyard Bird Count
A snapshot of the numbers, kinds, and distribution of birds in Athens.

Endangered Species
A list of protected plants and animals within Clarke County that are considered to be threatened or endangered.

organizations & agencies

Athens Grow Green Coalition
Promotes responsible community development policies that protect the environment, reduce sprawl, maintain a healthy economy, and preserve a high quality of life.

ACC Community Tree Council
Provides information, outreach, and education to promote responsible management of trees and forests of the Athens-Clarke County community.

ACC Green Schools
A program designed to assist schools with environmental education and improvement efforts that focus on conservation, preservation, and beautification of our environment.

ACC Recycling Division
Educates the public about the importance of waste reduction and implements a comprehensive waste reduction plan for the Athens-Clarke County community.

ACC Stormwater
Works to alleviate flooding, to reduce the discharge of harmful pollutants associated with stormwater runoff, and to protect the water quality of our streams and rivers.

Athens Land Trust
Works with landowners to preserve forestlands, river and stream corridors, wildlife habitats, working farmlands, and scenic vistas in and around Athens-Clarke County through the use of conservation easements.

A transportation choices organization that envisions a comprehensive transportation network that all Athenians can use with confidence and ease. Seeks to make walking, cycling, and public transit an everyday solution to transportation needs in Athens through education, advocacy, and service.

Broad River Watershed Association
A regional non-profit land trust dedicated to the protection and management of the Broad River and its watershed in northeast Georgia.

Clean Air Athens
Concerned citizens from Athens-Clarke and surrounding counties working to improve local air quality and reduce industrial air pollution.

Clean Air Campaign
A non-profit organization working with government agencies, employers, schools and residents in Athens-Clarke County to help improve air quality and reduce traffic.

Creative Earth
A non-profit organization devoted to environmental education and stewardship through innovative programs and interactive workshops.

Emerging Green Builders of Athens
Offers students and young professionals the opportunity to get involved in the green building movement locally.

Environmental Law Association
An organization of UGA law students who seek to further the development of environmental law through activities designed to increase environmental awareness among members of the community and the UGA student body. Hosts the annual Red Clay Conference.

Georgia Land Conservation Center
An Athens-based organization that promotes the conservation of open land for the benefit of present and future generations.

Georgia River Network
A statewide environmental organization based in Athens dedicated to the conservation of Georgia's waters.

Institute for Wild Intelligence
The goal at Institute for Wild Intelligence is to care for the Earth and our children by connecting with nature, community, and self. Offers programs for children, adults, and families teaching nature awareness and skills.

Keep Athens Clarke County Beautiful
A non-profit organization working toward a cleaner, more beautiful community by improving attitudes & behaviors regarding the environment.

MICAH's Mission
MICAH's (Ministry to Improve Childhood & Adolescent Health) Mission is a Christian ministry that provides services to families and communities to reduce their environmental threats with an emphasis on improving childhood and adolescent health.

Oconee Rivers Audubon Society
A group of bird and nature enthusiasts who promote the conservation and restoration of wildlife habitat through environmental education & activism.

Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission
Provides oversight for construction, management, and development of the countywide greenway network.

Oconee River Land Trust
A nonprofit organization conserving natural lands to protect water quality, preserve wildlife habitat, and enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.

Odum School of Ecology
The mission of the Odum School of Ecology is to advance ecological knowledge and understanding through a comprehensive search for principles and patterns regarding how organisms interact with each other and with their environment.

River Basin Center
The goal of the River Basin Center is to increase the capacity of communities and other individual stakeholders to manage and protect their water and related land resources in a sustainable manner.

Sandy Creek Nature Center Inc.
A non-profit group that works in partnership with the ACC Department of Leisure Services to protect, guide, and support the environmental education and preservation work of Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Students for Environmental Action
A student-run organization on the UGA campus dedicated to environmental activism and education. Seeks to be a proactive force for environmental protection on campus, in the local community, and in the world.

Upper Oconee Watershed Network
A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving water quality in our watershed through community-based advocacy, monitoring, and education.

UGA Go Geen Alliance
A coalition of diverse environmentally-conscious student organizations at the University of Georgia. The goal of Go Green Alliance is to promote sustainability in an effective and cohesive manner, incorporating all aspects of the campus from academics to service and operations.

UGA Office Of Sustainability
Coordinates sustainability initiatives on the university campus to reduce UGA's environmental footprint. This mission includes efforts to reduce energy and water use, improve air and water quality, provide sustainable food and transportation options, minimize waste, and increase recycling.


Athens Greenfest
Greenfest is an annual community-wide celebration of environmental awareness featuring programs and events focusing on nature and community improvement.

Community Tree Fair
The annual event includes a tree climbing demonstration, exhibit booths, kids booths, tree care demonstrations and more. A wide variety of tree species native to North Georgia are available for purchase.

Compete against other teams in a nature-based challenge course that includes backpacking, cycling, running, canoeing, archery and more.

EcoFocus Film Festival
EcoFocus showcases world-class environmental films along with panels featuring experts, filmmakers, artists, and special guests. The festival aims to promote discussion and to inspire audiences into awareness and action on behalf of the environment.

Green Life Expo
A community-wide public expo of green concepts and environmentally responsible living ideas for families, homes, and businesses. Discover ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save money by implementing more earth-friendly practices in everyday life.

Georgia Outdoor Recreation Program
Offers trips - such as backpacking, kayaking, scuba diving, rockclimbing, and caving - designed to provide fun, hands-on instructional opportunities for beginners and novices to learn the skills and safety concerns for a wide variety of outdoor activities in a supervised environment.

Junk Yard Jog 5K
An annual cross-country 5K event in support of the environmental education programs of Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful.

Red Clay Conference
An environmental law symposium sponsored by the University of Georgia School of Law's Environmental Law Association. Attendance is open to all.

Rivers Alive
Help clean our rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands by volunteering in support of the annual Athens-Clarke County Rivers Alive event.

Toast in the Garden
An annual fund-raising event at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia featuring wine tasting and hor d'oeuvres from local eateries along with live music. All proceeds support the litter prevention, beautification, and community improvement projects of Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful.


North Oconee River Greenway & Riverside Parks
The Athens Greenway system consists of over 700 acres of greenspace and riverside parks which encourage recreation and enjoyment, enhance the natural beauty of the rivers, and foster ecological diversity by preserving habitat vital to wildlife.

Sandy Creek Nature Center
225 acres of woodlands, fields, and wetlands serve as a wildlife sanctuary and environmental education facility. Provides more than 5 miles of nature trails. The ENSAT Center features interactive learning centers which promote understanding of our natural environment.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
A 313-acre preserve set aside by the University of Georgia to foster appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of plants and nature. Features miles of hiking trails, a three-story tropical conservatory, and gardens showcasing native and international flora. Read about the history and growth of the Botanical Garden.

Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail
Bear Hollow's exhibits of native Georgia wildlife such as black bears, bobcats, deer, eagles, owls, and river otters teach visitors about wildlife and our community's reliance on natural systems of the environment.

Oconee Forest Park
A 60-acre natural area on the UGA campus providing recreation, teaching, and research opportunities for the community while preserving its 100-year-old oak-hickory forest.