Keeping the Chattahoochee

Reviving and Defending a Great Southern River

Title Details

Pages: 248

Illustrations: 16 b&w images

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in

Formats

Hardcover

Pub Date: 07/15/2023

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6432-2

List Price: $24.95

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Published with the generous support of Wormsloe Foundation Nature Books

Keeping the Chattahoochee

Reviving and Defending a Great Southern River

The Chattahoochee’s riverkeeper shares over twenty years of river conservation stories

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Sally Sierer Bethea was one of the first women in America to become a “riverkeeper”—a vocal defender of a specific waterway who holds polluters accountable. In Keeping the Chattahoochee, she tells stories that range from joyous and funny to frustrating—even alarming—to illustrate what it takes to save an endangered river. Her tales are triggered by the regular walks she takes through a forest to the Chattahoochee over the course of a year, finding solace and kinship in nature.

For two decades, Bethea worked to restore the neglected Chattahoochee, which provides drinking water and recreation to millions of people, habitat for wildlife, and water for industries and farms as it cuts through the heart of the Deep South. Pairing natural and political history with reflective writing, she draws readers into her watershed and her memories. Bethea’s passion for the natural world—and for defending it with a strong, informed voice animates this instructive memoir. Offering lessons on how to fight for our fundamental right to clean water, Bethea and her colleagues take on powerful corporate and government polluters. They strengthen environmental policies and educate children, reviving the great river from a century of misuse.

About the Author/Editor

SALLY SIERER BETHEA the retired founding director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. She also served as executive director and riverkeeper for two decades and continues to assist Chattahoochee Riverkeeper as a senior advisor. Bethea also publishes a monthly column, Above the Waterline, in Atlanta Intown. She lives and writes in midtown Atlanta.