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Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Sally Bethea spent decades on river health


The Chattahoochee River is one of Georgia great natural treasures. Today, much of the river is a beautiful place to hike, bike, and explore, but that wasn’t always the case. That the river is healthier and cleaner is due in part to decades of work by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and their founding riverkeeper Sally Bethea (beth-AY).

Bethea is also the author of Keeping the Chattahoochee: Reviving and Defending a Great Southern River, released earlier this year by the University of Georgia Press, and she’ll be visiting Athens for an author event and book signing on Tuesday, September 5 at 7pm at the Athens-Clarke County Library.

Recently, WUGA’s Martin Matheny sat down with Bethea for WUGA’s upcoming new podcast, Paged, to talk about the river, her work, and her book.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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