Southeastern Fishes Council
Dedicated to the Conservation of Southeastern Fishes


Etowah River Landfills
Whereas the Southeastern Fishes Council is dedicated to the preservation of southeastern fishes,

Whereas a proposed landfill in Cherokee County, Georgia, would drain into the Etowah River,

Whereas a proposed landfill in Forsyth County, Georgia would drain into the Etowah River,

Whereas the adjacent Etowah River contains a high concentration of protected fishes (Endangered species Percina antesella; proposed Threatened species Percina lenticula; and state of Georgia proposed protected species Etheostoma sp. cf. jordani "Etowah darter", Etheostoma sp. cf. coosae "Cherokee" darter, Noturus munitus, Noturus nocturnus, Percina sp. cf. macrocephala),

Whereas the adjacent Etowah River contains the only known population of Brachycentrus etowahensis in the State of Georgia,

Whereas the reach of the Etowah River system located upstream from Allatoona Reservoir represents a remarkably diverse assemblage of protected and endemic species.

Therefore Be It Resolved that the Southeastern Fishes Council feels that locating landfills adjacent to areas where leachate from those landfills could have disastrous impacts on an aquatic community containing many jeopardized species would be unwise and irresponsible, and would show blatant disregard for the provisions and intent of the Endangered Species Act.