Summer 2008 Newsletter
The drought and Georgia’s exploding population are threatening our water supply. In
2007, thousands of fish and mussels died as Georgia streams and reservoirs dried up. Add
to that, the draining and filling of thousands of acres of wetlands, marshes, and swamps
for development and water protection becomes more important than ever.
The issues are not just the droughts themselves but problems created during the
drought such as cities taking out more water or putting in more wastewater, the cause
attributed to last August’s fish kill on the North Oconee River.
Sadly, our state and federal agencies are not keeping up with doing the job of
protecting our natural resources. The Altamaha Riverkeeper is responding to and
Stand Up and Renew Your Support
for Watershed Protection
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A group of Vicki Klan’s 9th grade students from
Risley Memorial Center and Glynn Academy in Brunswick
were inspired when James Holland spoke to their class.
They created the Salt Marsh Soldiers, adopted a spot on
Academy Creek, and have been cleaning the highly littered
area almost quarterly for 2 years.
To make people aware of the problem the Salt Marsh
Soldiers are taking beer bottles, the most common type of
trash found in the area, and building a wall depicting plants
and animals in the salt marsh ecosystem. Since glass is not
recycled in Brunswick, the students are demonstrating how
to create beautiful things out of trash. The Soldiers will
also include a plaque as a tribute to local environmentalists
and James Holland’s name will be the first on the list.
Students Work to Protect Marsh
Salt Marsh Soldiers begin the Glass Wall Project at Mary
Ross Waterfront Park. L-R: Victoria Edwards, Justin Walker,
Temekia Williams, Shaneice Armstrong, Patrick Mack, Tyree
Sams, Eric Hughes, David Smiley, and local environmental-
ist / glass wall engineer Chris Daughtry
2008 officers: Len Hauss, President; Bruce
Berryhill, Vice President; Wright Gres, Treasurer; and Nei