Stream Buffer Destruction

Georgia law requires a 25-foot vegetation buffer around all state waters and 50-foot if it is trout water. Some local authorities have larger buffer requirements. It is illegal to impact these buffer areas in any way.  

What to do:

o  Take pictures to document evidence if possible.

o  Note location of buffer destruction.

o  Note time of buffer destruction.

o Do no trespass! 


Who to contact:

To report an incident of buffer destruction, first contact your local authorities.

If local authorities can not be contacted, or do not respond to the buffer problem, contact your district office of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division:

District Compliance Offices:

Atlanta: 404-362-2671
Cartersville: 770-387-4900
Athens: 706-369-6376
Macon: 478-751-6612
Columbus: 706-562-1571
Augusta: 706-792-7744
Savannah: 912-353-3225
Brunswick: 912-264-7284
Albany: 229-430-4144

Call CRBI at 706-232-2724 or fill out our online incident report form.

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