Category Archives: Water

Savannah Riverkeeper hosts Roast on the River event Jan. 20

The Savannah Riverkeeper’s Third Annual Roast on the River event is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20 and organizers sent out a “last chance to register” announcement this morning. Held at Hogan’s Marina on Wilmington Island, the event begins at 6:30 p.m. and features drinks, oysters, Low Country Boil and a silent auction. Tickets may be purchased through the SRK website.

Telluride film festival screening scheduled for Jan. 21 in Savannah

Savannah is a long way, both horizontally and vertically, from the peaks of Telluride, but that won’t stop films from the Mountainfilm in Telluride festival from making a tour stop at Trustees Theater on Saturday, Jan. 21. Titles, with a sustainability theme, to be screened in Savannah include:

  • With My Own Two Wheels: “The story of four people whose lives have been deeply changed by bikes.”
  • One Plastic Beach: A pair of artists “have collected plastic trash along a one-kilometer stretch of beach near their home in Northern California”. They make art from the debris, which they collect at a rate of up to “35 pounds per hour.”
  • Chasing Water: “Photojournalist Peter McBride sets out to document the flow of the Colorado River from source to sea.”

More information is available on the Festival tour website.

Coastal Georgia rivers top “Dirty Dozen” list

The Ogeechee, Altamaha and Savannah rivers have the dubious distinction of appearing first, second and third on the Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen report. It’s aimed at “exposing the worst offenses to Georgia’s water.” A press release describes why coastal rivers were selected:

“Topping the list is the Ogeechee River where a textile manufacturing plant in Screven County is blamed for a fish kill earlier this year in which 30,000 fish perished. Rayonier’s pulp mill in Jesup, the proposed Savannah River Harbor deepening project…”

The  group identifies a lack of regulation as a key cause of pollution in Georgia Rivers:

” The Coalition blames continuing funding cuts to Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and a lack of political will to aggressively enforce state and federal environmental laws and implement state policy that better protects and manages Georgia’s water.”

This is the first year the list has been compiled. The complete report can be viewed here.

Skidaway Institute offers Marine Science Day, Oct. 15

The Skidway Institute of Oceanography is hosting Marine Science Day on Saturday, Oct. 15 from noon – 4 p.m. The focus of the event is the natural environment of the Georgia Coast:

“The Skidaway Marine Science Day is a campus-wide open house with activities geared for all ages from young children to adults. These will include programs, tours, displays and hands-on activities, primarily related to marine science and the coastal environment. The event is open to the public and admission is free.”

More information is available on the Institute’s website and in this Connect Savannah story by Jessica Leigh Lebos.