Who Are We?

The Upper Etowah River Alliance (UERA) is a community-based watershed protection group that works in the Etowah basin upstream of Lake Allatoona. We formed in 1997 to provide regional leadership to promote watershed protection strategies across the five Upper Etowah counties (Cherokee, Forsyth, Pickens, Dawson and Lumpkin). Our membership is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders.

Our mission is education, especially focusing on water quality and nonpoint source pollution. We accomplish this mission through workshops, presentations, brochures and on the ground demonstration projects.

Watershed Director
Diane Minick

Alliance Board
Lori Forrester • Eva Gumbert
Jane Graves • Nolton Johnson
Robert Morrison • Ken Owen
Richard Osborne • Linda Teachey
Don Wells • Laine Wood

Executive Committee
Chair: Lori Forrester
Vice-Chair: Vacant
Secretary: Ken Owen
Treasurer: Robert Morrison


Watch Us Grow!

Participating Organizations Include:

  • Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority
  • Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D
  • Etowah Water and Sewerage Authority
  • Forsyth County
  • Forsyth Water and Sewer
  • Georgia Mountains RDC
  • Institute of Ecology-UGA
  • Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority
  • Limestone Valley RC&D
  • Limestone Valley Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service – USDA
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US Forest Service

Hamby Stackouse
Left: Not all of the 319 Best Management Practices projects are stream-side. This photo shows a stackhouse on Jason Hamby’s chicken farm. Stackhouse store chicken litter until it can be used for fertilizer. Not only does this keep the litter from being washed into streams, but it composts it as well, making it cleaner when spread on the fields.

UERA Office Locations
Central Office
Mail: UERA P.O. Box 307
Canton, GA 30169

Cherokee Central Office
180 McClure St.
Canton, GA

Dawson Satellite Office
Dawson County Agricultural Services Center
298 Academy Ave.
Dawsonville, GA

Pickens Satellite Office
Keep Pickens Beautiful Office
Jasper, GA