OGEECHEE RIVERKEEPER HOSTS INAUGURAL NEWS & VIEWS –CASUAL SOCIAL EVENT
THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST 5:30-7:30PM IN DOWNTOWN STATESBORO
On the evening of Thursday, April 21st 2016, Ogeechee Riverkeeper is partnering with Eagle Creek Brewing Company in downtown Statesboro to invite the community to learn more about, and get involved in, the organization’s important work of keeping our region’s water clean.
The News and Views — Casual Social Event will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Eagle Creek Brewing Company, 106 Savannah Avenue, Ste. B. This is the second of the season with four more events planned throughout the Ogeechee River Basin from Statesboro to Louisville and beyond throughout the year.
These informal events are designed to keep residents and businesses living and working within the Ogeechee and Canoochee river basins in the loop about important issues concerning the waterways including the Palmetto Pipeline appeal, legislative issues and water quality monitoring. Members of the community are invited to enjoy appetizers and drinks as they get to know Ogeechee Riverkeeper Emily Markesteyn and Watershed Outreach Coordinator Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, who will update guests about some of South Georgia’s most precious natural resources. There will be a special membership rate for people joining the organization on April 21st and raffle prizes.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing our members and supporters in Statesboro because we have such a long history there. They were instrumental in helping us fight unregulated pollution in the river five years ago and now we want to visit with the community in this intimate setting so we can learn more about them, as well as give updates on our efforts to continue protecting the Ogeechee,” Markesteyn said. “These rivers are, perhaps, the most distinctive natural features in the region and certainly among its most important resources. We want the community to know about everything they have to offer and any issues that might affect the rivers, such as proposed legislation, environmental factors, violations, protection plans, programs and special events. This is a great chance for everyone to learn, have a little fun, make new friends and ask any questions they might have about the work we do.”
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 decline. 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.
“We believe that if everyone in the community knew more about these precious resources, their importance to the region and the threats they face, deciding to get involved would be a natural choice,” Markesteyn said.
To learn more about Ogeechee Riverkeeper, please visit www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org or call (866) 942-6222.
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