The Georgia River Survey is an independent project based in Athens, GA that undertook to travel several major rivers of Georgia by canoe in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008, and to perform an ecological survey along each stream’s length . . .

Project Description

In The News: Articles and Publications

View a more detailed MAP depicting the rivers we surveyed in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2008.

We made the frontpage! In June of 2006 we paddled some 150 miles down the low waters of the Oconee River with a multitude of friends over two weeks. We persevered through Tropical Storm Alberto - enjoyed the cool air it brought - and survived sweltering temperatures of over 100 degrees. Learn more about our trek from our fellow surveyor and writer, Ben Emanuel, in his Flagpole Magazine article: “Two Weeks On The Oconee: No Matter If There’s Water In It.”

In Fall 2005, one of our members, Ben Emanuel (at left taking notes), went down the Savannah River with the Savannah Riverkeeper's Executive Director, Frank Carl, and many others on the annual Coastal Plain Meander. Ben served as the crew's Naturalist, as well as preliminary information gatherer for a possible ecological survey. Read about Ben's Savannah venture here: “Meandering Down The Savannah.”

A more technical approach:

Our proceeding from the April 2005 Georgia Water Resources Conference held in Athens, GA by the University of Georgia: "Ecological Surveys of Four River Corridors in Georgia." (PDF)

In the deluge of May 2003 we paddled some 180 miles down the Satilla River through the mosquito infested swamps of south Georgia (homeland for two us!) from GA 64 in Atkinson County to US 17 in Woodbine, GA over nearly 3 weeks. The following June we took another journey of about 250 miles to survey the Flint River from Flat Shoals Rd on the Meriwether/Pike Co. line to US 84 in Bainbridge, GA. In August 2003 we made a more informal survey of the Etowah and Coosa Rivers in NE Georgia, captured eloquently by our friend Scott Eustis (at left) in his Georgia Landscape article: "In Bartram’s Wake." (PDF)

In May and June of 2004 we traveled nearly 400 miles down the Ocmulgee and Altamaha Rivers from Lake Jackson's Lloyd Shoals Dam to US 17 in Darien, GA. Our journey lasted six weeks and taught us a lot more about life on a river. Ben Emanuel tells all about our trip in his Flagpole Magazine article: "Down to the Sea in Canoes."

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updated: 15 August 2010

One of our members, Bryan Nuse, was recently awarded a two-year graduate student fellowship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). Funding is for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 academic years.  Bryan will be conducting similar type surveys of vegetation, and in particular birds, in marsh hammocks of the Altamaha River estuaries.


October 2009

December 2009

Our member, Ben Emanuel, is now working with the Georgia River Network. He has started a blog about Georgia water issues called Georgia Water Wire. Check it out!

August 2010

As of Fall 2009, our very own Ben Emanuel began working with Altamaha Riverkeeper as the Oconee Projects Coordinator. Follow this link to learn more about Ben’s role with ARK.