Satilla Riverkeeper needs your help! Take Action now to protect our Satilla:
Proposed Landfill - Brantley County Brantley County Development Partners, LLC is attempting to build a landfill in Waynesville (Brantley County). The site they have chosen contains several wetlands, is prone to flooding, and it is nearby 2 elementary schools, private residences, and churches. It is not an appropriate location for a landfill.
Spaceport Camden Threatens Satilla River Estuary Camden County is proposing to build a facility on the banks of the Satilla River estuary to launch private commercial rockets into space. The site is heavily contaminated from past industrial uses, and new activity could mobilize toxins in the sediments or groundwater. Launching rockets would require closing off public access to the Satilla River multiple times each year. Rocket failures could contaminate the marsh and coastal waterways with debris and other contaminants.
Action: Vote on whether Camden should purchase the contaminated Union Carbide property for the proposed Spaceport. Election on March 8th (early voting Feb 28-March 4 ).
The question as it will be presented on the ballot: “Shall the resolutions of the Board of Commissioners of Camden County, Georgia authorizing the Option Contract with Union Carbide Corporation and Camden County’s right and option to purchase the property described therein be repealed.” If you oppose Spaceport – vote YES. If you support Spaceport – vote NO.
Update: FAA has approved a site for Camden. Camden still needs to buy the property.
Estuary Restoration - Noyes Cut The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Satilla Riverkeeper are working to restore estuarine marsh-creek ecosystem by closing two obsolete navigation cuts and an old creek channel. The USACE is ready to move into the Design and Implementation phase of the project. Cost sharing requires a 25% non-federal match to the 75% cost contributed by USACE under Section 1135 CAP. Update: The state of Georgia has provided the Non-federal match through the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program. As a stakeholder, Satilla Riverkeeper is looking to ensure the federal funding is available so this impactful, shovel-ready estuarine restoration project can move forward.
Protecting the Satilla River for swimming: People from across our watershed swim, paddle, and play in the Satilla each year. However, the state will only ensure protections for a water body's "Designated Use." Currently, the Satilla River is not designated as protected for swimming or recreation, which means the water quality standards are not as protective as they should be. The Satilla Riverkeeper is fighting to protect 150 miles of the River for swimming! Update: After submitting our petition, EPD has Proposed protecting 100 miles of the Satilla for swimming!