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    Andrew Durso said,

    Hi,

    I graduate from UGA’s Odum School of Ecology in 2009. I’d say that one of the greatest issues facing Georgia’s wildlife is Georgia state law § 27-1-28, which specifically lists categories of wildlife not protected unless they are explicitly listed (such as under the US or Georgia Endangered Species Act). This list includes all frogs, salamanders, freshwater turtles and venomous snakes. These are some of the most imperiled species in our state, vulnerable to overcollection, habitat destruction and fragmentation, direct persecution and harm from pollutants. This law needs to be amended, and rattlesnake roundups especially need to be reformed to protect federally-listed gopher tortoises and indigo snakes as well as rattlesnakes and the rest of the Georgia ecosystem they inhabit.

    -Andrew Durso

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      Andrew Durso said,

      I think it could be done using the legal principle of preemption – a county law could be passed further protecting these groups, which could spread to other counties and serve as an indicator to the state legislator that this law is unnececssary, outdated and directly harmful to the environment.

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    Imran Battla said,

    Great job with Wilderness U, I heard about this from Sheena Zhang, president of Students for Environmental Awareness @ UGA.

    Here’s a very important issue I would like to talk about

    In Georgia there is a major water rights issue going with the Interbasin Transfers (or “IBT’s) of water from one region of the state to another. Most often – the transfer of water is from an area of limited economic growth to an area with unplanned, sprawling economic growth. We believe we are denying the natural and economic future of one area of Georgia to prop up another.

    At the Conservancy we have taken a strong stand against “IBTs” – and though it’s not politically feasible to get them banned outright – we think we can add strong language in a law this session that would make it a lot harder to file for a IBT permit.

    Through the Water Coalition website – http://www.nowatergrabs.com – there is an online petition – if you can help sign it – and help get it passed around that would be awesome.

    Also – expect for a chance to get out and lobby for this bill sometime over the next three months.

    I think the water issue in Georgia is just getting cranked up – and it ties into global issues very well.

    Please help! (post it on FB, get it on Twitter, blow it up!) and as always, feel free to get in touch with me for more information


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