State Senator Chuck Hufstetler of Rome was honored by the Georgia Water Coalition in its Clean 13 report for 2021, issued on Tuesday. According to a release from the water protection coalition, the report highlights individuals, businesses, industries, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies whose extraordinary efforts have led to cleaner rivers, stronger communities, and a more sustainable future for Georgians.
Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, Executive Director of the Rome-based Coosa River Basin Initiative, states, “With extreme weather events raging across the globe, sea levels rising on the Georgia coast, and plastic pollution overwhelming our state’s waterways and coast, it seems the environmental problems we face are insurmountable. But, the entities recognized in this report provide us hope. Their actions are directly addressing these threats and leading us toward a more resilient and sustainable future in every corner of the state.”
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Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome) and Representative Andy Welch (R-Locust Grove) took up the cause championed by the late Rep. Jay Powell of Camilla and during the 2020 General Assembly session successfully secured legislation that restores funding for the state’s environmental trust funds. The legislation initiated a constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot that was overwhelmingly supported by voters. During the 2021 legislation session, measures were adopted that will ensure that fees collected for environmental cleanups will be used for that purpose.
View the full Clean 13 report for 2021 at www.gawater.org.