Those aiming to protect the Broad River would like to see improved access to the waterway. Meanwhile, they seek to promote the river as a tourism destination. And they’d like county commissioners to be on board with the effort.
Victor Johnson of the Broad River Watershed Association appeared before the board of commissioners (BOC) Aug. 26, offering a Power Point presentation on the importance of Georgia rivers and the efforts made to preserve them.
He said the BRWA is pushing for a “Broad River Water Trail” — basically the equivalent of a hiking trail. It will include improved access points along the river, better parking and informational kiosks about river safety and preservation. He noted that rivers are a tremendous source of tourism dollars in the state, adding that improved access could lead to more local business dollars. He also said that the more people enjoy the river, the more inclined they are to protect it.
“Recreation on the river can help teach people to respect it,” said Johnson.