An Alliance to Reimagine our River

Chattahoochee NOW will direct the efforts to catalyze the economic development and quality of life potential along a 53-mile corridor of the Chattahoochee River. We envision the Chattahoochee River as a corridor of sustainability where recreation, preservation, community and development are interconnected, and Chattahoochee NOW as a dedicated organization to coordinate efforts, inspire actions, and create a significant resource for the Atlanta region.

Re-imagine the River’s potential: Unseen and largely inaccessible in the Atlanta region, the Chattahoochee River has become an abstract water source for the area residents. While many advocacy and watch organizations have worked diligently to improve the river’s health, very little has been done to consider how it could become an asset and an economic development resource for the region. Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Denver are among the cities that are implementing significant plans to recognize the value of their rivers. NOW is the time for our region to move the Chattahoochee River from the back door to a focal point.

Re-capture the value of the River: Healthy, functioning rivers are appealing and attractive to residents and businesses alike. Yet, the Chattahoochee River’s value to improve the livability and desirability of the region has yet to be fully realized. By regenerating our riverfront as a place where community and nature can coexist, the Chattahoochee River corridor can offer multi-generational destinations for research, culture, agriculture and habitats that will thrive in conjunction with places to live, eat, shopand work. By making the river a destination, we will differentiate the Atlanta region and create economic value for all jurisdictions. NOW is the time to consider the river integral to recreational, educational, cultural, environmental and economic needs of the region.

Re-connect neighborhoods and centers to the River: The Chattahoochee River flows through four cities (Atlanta, Chattahoochee Hills, Douglasville, and Smyrna) and five counties – Carroll, Cobb, Coweta, Douglas, and Fulton – as it ventures from the southern terminus of the National Recreation Area south along a 53-mile stretch to Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Since the Chattahoochee River knows no political boundaries, a multijurisdictional approach is necessary to realize the river’s potential and reconnect neighborhoods and centers. NOW is the time for a dedicated organization to organize resources to definitively create places and experiences that build stewardship for the river’s future health.

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Our mission is to facilitate and promote the transformation of the Chattahoochee River into a dynamic corridor that offers a balance of preservation, recreation and economic development for our region.

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Chattahoochee NOW Corridor

NOW Partners and Supporters

  • Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI)*
  • American Rivers
  • Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Chattahoochee Riverkeeper*
  • Chattahoochee River Nature Center
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  • City of Atlanta
  • City of Chattahoochee Hills
  • City of Douglasville
  • City of Smyrna
  • Carroll County
  • Cobb County
  • Douglas County
  • Environment Georgia
  • Fulton County
  • Fulton Industrial Boulevard CID
  • Georgia Conservancy*
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Georgia EMC
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia Power
  • Georgia River Network
  • Invest Atlanta
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • Jamestown Properties / Riverview Landing Atlanta
  • National Park Service*
  • Park Pride
  • Ray C Anderson Foundation
  • Riverside Community / River Walk Atlanta
  • Serenbe Community
  • Six Flags Over Georgia
  • South Cobb Redevelopment Authority
  • Sustainable Solutions Georgia
  • The Conservation Fund*
  • The Friends of Carrollton GreenBelt
  • The PATH Foundation*
  • The River Line Historic Area
  • Three Rivers Regional Commission
  • Trust for Public Land*
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US EPA - Region 4
  • University of Georgia
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) Atlanta
  • West Georgia Technical College

  • *Founding Partner

NOW Leadership

  • Steve Nygren - Chairman
  • President and Founder,
    Serenbe Community

  • Walter Brown - Vice Chairman
  • Senior Vice President, Development & Construction,
    Sustainability Jamestown, L.P.

  • Jodi Mansbach - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Vice President, Development & Construction,
  • Sustainability Jamestown, L.P.

  • Jess Barron
  • Director of Business Development,
    Lindsey's INC Realtors

  • Shani Boston
  • Vice President & Assosciate Broker,
    Euquant, Inc.

  • Stan Bouckaert
  • Director of Hard Surfaces,
    Beaulieu Group, LLC

  • Julie Bryant Fisher
  • Vice President of Communications & Marketing,
    Atlanta Community Food Bank

  • John Hardman
  • Vice President,
    Granite Holdings

  • John Anderson Lanier
  • Director,
    Ray C Anderson Foundation

  • Harrison Merrill Jr.
  • Chairman of the Board,
    Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club

  • Garnie Nygren
  • Director of Operations,

  • John Raulet
  • Vice President,
    Raulet Property Partners

  • Dr. Katharine Wilkinson
  • Director of Strategy & Activation,

  • Shannon G. Kettering

NOW Events/News

Chattahoochee NOW is pleased to have the support of 8 jurisdictions in realizing a new future for the river! The leadership and support from these communities will greatly benefit the river by working collaboratively with Chattahoochee NOW to articulate a vision for the 53-mile corridor that will advance the quality of life of the Atlanta region. Thank you for your support!
  • City of Atlanta
  • City of Chattahoochee Hills
  • City of Douglasville
  • City of Smyrna
  • Carroll County
  • Cobb County
  • Douglas County
  • Fulton County
Join Chattahoochee NOW and Georgia Conservancy on the Chattahoochee River this summer!

Join the Georgia Conservancy, Chattahoochee NOW and REI for a relaxing flat water paddle on the beautiful and resurgent Chattahoochee River. Guests will meet at Riverview Landing, just outside the perimeter and paddle the beautiful 11-mile stretch of river to the DNR boat ramp near Sweetwater Creek State Park.

While underutilized by outdoor recreation enthusiasts, this stretch of river offers Metro Atlanta paddlers some of the best access to flat water padding in the region. Guests can choose between bringing their own canoe or kayak or renting a kayak from REI (a limited number of kayaks are available, so register fast!)

Chattahoochee NOW and the Georgia Conservancy will be hosting an after-paddle campfire party at Riverview Landing featuring a riverside cookout, live music from City Mouse and complementary SweetWater Brewing Company beer. The after-paddle party is open to the public with a donation of $10 a person.

Registration includes shuttle service*, guide service and a complementary invitation to the after-paddle party at Riverview Landing.

Register today at