The Satilla Riverkeeper is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2004 to protect, restore, and educate about the Satilla River, its tributaries, and watershed.
Board of Directors
Chair: Jim Cottingham - Coffee County
Vice Chair: Wilton Deloach - Ware County
Treasurer: Clay Montague - Camden County
Secretary: Kellie Parr - Glynn County
Ron Easton - Brantley County
Terrell Lee - Ware County
Guy Moorman - Coffee County
George Varn Jr. - Charlton County
I am honored and excited to serve you as the Satilla Riverkeeper. I grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia, splashing around in backyard creeks. My passion for protecting the environment began in the Boy Scouts where I had an opportunity to explore Georgia’s wild spaces. During college, I worked at the Chattahoochee Nature Center as a canoe instructor and an outdoor adventure guide. My interest in protecting clean water and wild places drove me to attend law school at UGA.
I focused my law school education on environmental law, and I sought out internships that gave me real-world environmental law experience. I started by interning at Georgia Sea Grant, which is affiliated with NOAA. Georgia is just starting to expand its regulation of oyster aquaculture, and during my internship, I had an opportunity to work on the forefront of the new regulations.
Next, I interned with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper where I was able to help the Riverkeeper in its pursuit of coal ash legislation and in identifying a potential lawsuit under the Clean Water Act. My next internship was with the Southern Environmental Law Center where I assisted attorneys with litigation. Afterwards, I worked at EPA Region 4 where I experienced how lawyers guide decision makers on legislative and regulatory issues to effectively protect the environment.
I am a passionate conservationist, and I am dedicated to protecting the Satilla River. The Satilla River is an amazing resource and together we can ensure that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Trish DuBose came to coastal Georgia just after graduating from Wesleyan College with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry to take a quality control laboratory technician position with Union Carbide (aka Rhone Poulenc, Bayer). After five years of quality assurance with products such as Sevin, Temik, and Amiben, along with the birth of her daughter, Trish entered the world of education. During those years as a high school science teacher Trish established the oceanography curriculum and introduced students to the Adopt A Stream program. Students monitored chemical parameters of the creek on campus as well as at Crooked River State Park and the St. Marys Waterfront. Additionally, the students explored salinity gradients, phytoplankton monitoring, and the movement of sand over time.
After several years of administration duties, Trish looked to return to these field experiences and citizen science opportunities for the community. As water quality coordinator for the Satilla Riverkeeper organization, Trish is a certified Adopt A Stream trainer for chemical and bacterial monitoring and trains citizens in the Adopt a Stream protocols along with reporting chemical and bacterial data from the landings along the Satilla River Water Trail. Trish and her family continue to fish and experience the wonders of coastal Georgia. Trish can also be found cheering the Atlanta Braves, Georgia Bulldogs (baseball as well as football), and behind her Nikon camera capturing the beauty of the Satilla River watershed.