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10 most endangered places in the South

Feb. 14, 2011, 12:36 p.m.
Georgia's Oconee River

Photo: Blake Lipthratt

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Georgia's Oconee River

The Oconee River, part of the Altamaha River Basin, is a vital source of water for farms and communities in middle Georgia and provides habitat for at-risk fish species.

However, a proposed coal-fired power plant would change this by siphoning an average of 13.5 million gallons a day from the river, disrupting natural conditions for aquatic wildlife and robbing downstream farms and communities that depend on this resource.