Winter 2007 Newsletter
The Altamaha Coastkeeper is now a reality, thanks to the support of ARK’s
members who gave generously to meet the Malcolm Fraser Foundation challenge
grant. Over $50,000 in individual contributions affirmed citizen commitment to
protecting the entire Altamaha Watershed—from its headwaters of the Ocmulgee, the
Oconee, and the Ohoopee to its coastal estuary system in Glynn and McIntosh
As intense development proceeds throughout the watershed, citizens are taking
increased action to protect the natural resources that make this the best place to live,
work, and play in Georgia. Please join in and support ARK’s efforts to protect water
quality for all of the watershed’s inhabitants.
Support for Watershed Protection Growing
CONTINUED ON BACK
The Altamaha Riverkeeper was named the 2007 Watershed Group of the
Year, the Georgia River Network’s (GRN) highest honor for watershed
leadership. The award recognizes a group whose efforts create positive change
for a watershed, programs with significant results, and fostered growth and
sustainability of the watershed community.
Accepting the award during the GRN’s annual conference in Milledgeville
were, left to right, James Holland, Altamaha Riverkeeper; Billie Jo Parker,
Altamaha Coastkeeper; Deborah Sheppard, ARK Executive Director; Dana
Skelton, GRN; Constance Riggins, ARK Development Director and Neill Herring, ARK Board Member.
How ARK Works: Assisting citizens with water
pollution problems, the Altamaha Riverkeeper
investigates sites to stop pollution. ARK’s work
includes water testing, documentation, and follow
up reports to local, state, and federal regulatory
agencies to encourage the enforcement of water
quality laws. Through education, environmental
advocacy, citizen action, negotiation, and if
necessary, legal action, ARK finds solutions to
protect the health of our rivers and estuary.
The Altamaha Riverkeeper and its Altamaha Coastkeeper program are
working to protect and restore the habitat, water quality, and