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Although not widely publicized, users of the Chattooga River have been cautioned by the U. S. Forest Service that under certain conditions, contact with water below the Stekoa/ Chattooga confluence may carry the risk of bacterial infections. Persistent lack of corrective actions by federal, state and local authorities has been responsible for the continued deterioration of the Stekoa Creek, which is listed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR) as a polluted waterway under section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act. For the past several years, the Chattooga Conservancy has made the neglected issue of improving water quality in Stekoa Creek one of our top priorities. Currently, our Stekoa Creek Restoration Campaign consists of several interrelated projects, which are: