Georgia state law requires local governments to protect
a natural vegetative buffer 100 feet on each side
of the stream banks of every perennial river corridor.
The wording is “shall” as in “shall be protected”.
12-2-8. Promulgation of minimum standards and procedures for protection of natural resources, environment, and vital areas of state; stream and reservoir buffers
(g) The department shall, by January 1, 1992, promulgate the minimum
standards and procedures for protection of river corridors referred
to in subsection (b) of this Code section including, but not limited
to, regulated activities within river corridor areas. In
promulgating such standards, the department may classify river
corridor areas and activities by type, size, and other factors
relevant to the advancement of the policies and purposes of this
Code section. Such standards shall include, but are not limited to,
(1) Perennial river corridors shall be protected by the following criteria: