In 2009, American Rivers listed the Flint as the second most endangered river in the country. The Flint is one of only 40 rivers nationwide that still flow undammed for more than 200 miles. The Flint River originates under Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport and flows to the Florida line, where it joins the Chattahoochee to form the Appalachicola River, entering the Gulf of Mexico at Appalachicola Bay. Numerous special plants and animals are dependent upon the Flint's waters, including the prized shoal bass, the shoal spider lily, quite a few species of mussels and other rare species.
Gordon Rogers served as the Satilla Riverkeeper from 2004-2009, and has been the Flint Riverkeeper ever since. Rogers is the son of a Methodist minister, a Georgia native who graduated from high school in Glynn County, attended Oxford College of Emory University, and the University of Georgia. He spent ten years with Georgia DNR in their Coastal Resources Division. After that, Gordon ran a waste and recycling firm, then served the citizens of the Satilla River basin as their Riverkeeper. Gordon is married to Gina Leigh Gore, originally of northern Virginia, and together they have three children: Quint, Joe, and Jamie Leigh.
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