R. S. Howard records of the Georgia Water Quality Control Board
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R. S. Howard records of the Georgia Water Quality Control Board

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Howard, R. S., -1977.
Title: R. S. Howard records of the Georgia Water Quality Control Board
Dates: 1966-1977
Extent: 4.0 cubic feet (8 boxes)
Identification: MS 4900

Biographical/Historical Note

R. S. (Rock) Howard, Jr. served as the director for the Georgia Water Quality Control Board and the Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources and was instrumental in Georgia's struggle against air and water pollution from 1964-1974. Howard was a native of Savannah, Georgia and attended both Clemson University and Harvard University and earned a masters degree in sanitary engineering. Following his service in the military during World War II, Howard worked for both the Georgia Health Department and the U.S. Health Department before accepting a job as a public works superintendent in Albany, Georgia in 1946. After nineteen years of working in Albany, Georgia, Howard joined the Water Quality Control Board in 1964 and was responsible for carrying out programs to protect the environment and citing those who failed to meet state standards. Howard retired from public service in 1974, but continued to work as a consultant to the Department of Natural Resources until his death in 1977.

The Georgia Water Quality Control Board was established in 1964 as a result of the Georgia Water Quality Control Act. This board was responsible for water pollution and abatement in Georgia. In 1971, the Georgia Water Quality Control Board was reorganized into the Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources and assumed responsibility over the protection of Georgia's air, land and water resources through the authority of state and federal environmental statutes. These laws regulated both private and public facilities in regards to air and water quality, water supply, waste management, surface mining and other environmental issues.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains newspaper clippings, reports, correspondence, photographs, financial records, and other miscellaneous records that R. S. (Rock) Howard collected throughout his career with the Georgia Water Quality Control Board and the Environmental Protection Division from 1966-1977. Also included are clippings about Howard's noteworthy career as a pioneer for environmental protection and his death in 1977.

The materials in this collection relate the activities of the Georgia Water Quality Control Board from 1968-1971 regarding environmental issues, efforts to prevent pollution, and studies and reports on pollution throughout Georgia. Majority of this collection is comprised of newspaper clippings that detail the actions of the Georgia Water Quality Control Board and R. S. Howard, including Howard's involvement with Nader's Raiders. Nader's Raiders was a consumer advocate and environmentalist group led by Ralph Nader and was responsible for a study of the water quality in the Savannah area in 1970. These newspaper clippings were once part of a larger scrapbook that were put together and kept by Howard's secretary, Ann Jones. Also included is John M. Henderson's report, "Water Quality Study of Chatham County Waters with Recommendations for Pollution Abatement and Prevention." There are also minutes, by-law, annual reports, and press releases from the Georgia Water Quality Control Board.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 8 boxes:

Box 1: Clippings, 1970-1971

Box 2: Report on the water quality of Chatham County by John M. Henderson, press releases, clippings, 1966-1972

Box 3: Report on the water quality of Chatham County by John M. Henderson, 1966

Box 4: Report on the water quality of Chatham County by John M. Henderson, reports on pollution control, clippings, photographs, correspondence, 1964-1977

Box 5: Correspondence, clippings, 1965-1972

Box 6: Clippings, 1968-1969

Box 7: Clippings, project records, budget records, organizational charts, annual reports, 1969-1974

Box 8: Conference proceedings, Georgia Water Quality Control Board minutes, by-laws and rules, press releases, pamphlets, reports, 1969-1972


Index Terms

Air quality--Georgia.
Air--Pollution--Georgia.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Environmental issues--Georgia.
Financial records.
Georgia Water Quality Control Board.
Georgia. Department of Natural Resources.
Georgia. Environmental Protection Division.
Henderson, John M., active 1966.
Howard, R. S., -1977.
Letters (correspondence)
Nader, Ralph.
Photographs.
Pollution prevention--Georgia.
Press releases.
Public Citizen, inc.
Reports.
Water pollution--Georgia.
Water quality--Georgia--Chatham County.
Water quality--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Processing information

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Restrictions

Access restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.