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.
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
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.