LOUISVILLE, GA – September 29, 2016 – Ogeechee Riverkeeper will host a News & Views gathering on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Louisville, GA. This event, which is part of the nonprofit organization’s community outreach program, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Foster’s Restaurant, 203 E Broad St.
News & Views events offer the residents of communities surrounding the Ogeechee the chance to get involved and learn more about the organization’s efforts to keep the region’s waterways clean and healthy.
These informal events are designed to make sure those who live and work within the Ogeechee and Canoochee river basins are informed about important issues concerning the waterways, including legislative initiatives, environmental developments, and water-quality monitoring. Members of the community are invited to enjoy light appetizers as they get to know Ogeechee Riverkeeper Executive Director Emily Markesteyn Kurilla and Watershed Outreach Coordinator Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, who will update guests about some of South Georgia’s most precious natural resources.
Participants of this event will be offered a special Ogeechee Riverkeeper membership rate and have the opportunity to win a raffle prize. The Oct. 13 gathering is sponsored by The George E. Crouch Foundation.
“The Ogeechee River is one of the region’s most important natural resources and these events are a great way to reach out to the communities where the river flows,” Markesteyn Kurilla said. “This is a great opportunity for the community to meet us, learn what we do, and get involved while having some fun.”
The Ogeechee River flows from the Piedmont region, across the fall line and eventually into the Atlantic Ocean along with its major tributary, the Canoochee, draining a 5,540 square-mile basin that encompasses wetlands, forests, farms and scores of towns and cities. Due to increasing pressures from agribusiness, animal-processing operations, population growth, water withdrawals, and industrial and municipal waste-water discharges, both rivers have undergone drastic changes in water quality and are facing ecological challenges. Those who live, work and play along the waterways stand to be affected, and help is needed to ensure the future health of the rivers.
To learn more about Ogeechee Riverkeeper, please visit www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org or call 866-942-6222.