OGEECHEE RIVERKEEPER HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL NEWS & VIEWS–CASUAL SOCIAL EVENT
TUESDAY APRIL 5TH 5:30-7:30PM IN RICHMOND HILL
On the evening of Tuesday, April 5th 2016, Coastal Electric Cooperative is sponsoring Ogeechee Riverkeeper who is once again partnering with Richmond Hill businesses – Richmond Hill Reflections Live and Fish Tales Restaurant – 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 Fish Tales restaurant, 3203 Fort McAllister Road on the Ogeechee River, in Richmond Hill. This is the first of the season with five 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 Coastal Georgia’s most precious natural resources. There will be a special membership rate for people joining the organization on April 5th and raffle prizes.
“We’re excited that the community of Richmond Hill is so involved and that Fish Tales has welcomed us back for a second year – we appreciate their support. Many people depend on the waterways as a source of income, a tourist attraction and for the outdoor recreation opportunities they provide and we are happy to share what has been going on with our organization over the last year, what’s to come and to let people know how they can get involved,” 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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