Author Event: Sally Bethea presents Keeping the Chattahoochee

Sally Bethea's Keeping the Chattahoochee: Reviving and Defending a Great Southern River
Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Avid Bookshop, the Athens-Clarke County Library, and the University of Georgia Press invite the public to an author event and book signing with Sally Bethea in celebration of her book Keeping the Chattahoochee: Reviving and Defending a Great Southern River. This event is on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, from 7pm-8pm at the public library. There will be a book signing after the discussion.

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Sally Sierer Bethea was one of the first women in America to become a “riverkeeper”—a vocal defender of a specific waterway who holds polluters accountable. In Keeping the Chattahoochee, she tells stories that range from joyous and funny to frustrating—even alarming—to illustrate what it takes to save an endangered river. Her tales are triggered by the regular walks she takes through a forest to the Chattahoochee over the course of a year, finding solace and kinship in nature.

For two decades, Bethea worked to restore the neglected Chattahoochee, which provides drinking water and recreation to millions of people, habitat for wildlife, and water for industries and farms as it cuts through the heart of the Deep South. Pairing natural and political history with reflective writing, she draws readers into her watershed and her memories. Bethea’s passion for the natural world—and for defending it with a strong, informed voice animates this instructive memoir. Offering lessons on how to fight for our fundamental right to clean water, Bethea and her colleagues take on powerful corporate and government polluters. They strengthen environmental policies and educate children, reviving the great river from a century of misuse.


Sally Sierer Bethea is the retired founding director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. She served as executive director and riverkeeper for two decades and continues to assist Chattahoochee Riverkeeper as a senior advisor. Bethea also publishes a monthly column, Above the Waterline, in Atlanta Intown. She lives and writes in midtown Atlanta.



Event Location

Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, GA 30606
Keeping the Chattahoochee: Reviving and Defending a Great Southern River By Sally Sierer Bethea Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820364322
Availability: May be on our shelves (or available in 5-10 business days)
Published: University of Georgia Press - July 15th, 2023

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