Saturday, June 6, 2009

Add It Up: Georgia's environmental woes

Posted By on Sat, Jun 6, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Number of Georgia rivers, lakes and streams with fish that, according to the state, people should never eat: 7

Percentage of "do-not-eat" fish advisories Georgia issued in 2008 because of mercury contamination: 74

Percentage of Chattahoochee River’s analyzed area that exceeds acceptable levels of fecal coliform bacteria: 39

Number of places the state has deemed contaminated and harmful to humans and animals: 566

Number of illegally dumped scrap tires the state recovered in 2007: 268,000

Number of days in June that air has been considered unhealthy for sensitive groups: 2

Average pounds of trash a Georgian disposes of each day: 6.4

Average pounds of trash an average American disposes each day: 3.08

Percentage of trash Georgians toss in landfills that could be recycled: 40

Sources: Georgia Environmental Protection Division,

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