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Sept. 20 - Two Local Environmental Groups Recognized as Clean Water Heroes

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

September 20, 2018 - The Glynn Environmental Coalition and Lodge on Little St. Simons Island are two of the Clean Water Heroes highlighted in the 2018 Clean 13 Report. The report highlights individuals, businesses, industries, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies whose efforts have led to cleaner water in Georgia.

“Since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, we’ve seen Georgia’s waterways become cleaner and healthier, but there’s still much that needs to be done,” said Joe Cook, advocacy and communication coordinator with Coosa River Basin Initiative, a Georgia Water Coalition member organization. “Those recognized in our Clean 13 report are setting new standards to protect, preserve and restore Georgia’s rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters.”

In Brunswick, the Glynn Environmental Coalition (GEC) is recognized in the report for the organization’s nearly 30 years of efforts on behalf of Glynn County communities. GEC aids locals in ensuring that cleanups at four superfund sites in the county protect their health, their property and the environment.

On the Georgia coast, the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island has become a model for sustainable tourism on Georgia’s barrier islands. Aside from preserving the 11,000-acre island as wilderness, the Lodge’s replacement of a wooden bulkhead at its island dock with a “living shoreline” has proven the effectiveness of natural measures to protect the state’s sensitive coastline.

The Georgia Water Coalition publishes this list not only to recognize these positive efforts on behalf of Georgia’s water but also as a call to action for our state’s leaders and citizens to review these success stories, borrow from them and emulate them.

The full report is available online at https://www.gawater.org/clean-13/clean-13-2018-report. A short youtube video highlighting each of the Clean 13 can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/sk-SDuMj63I

The Clean 13 will be recognized March 14, 2019 during the Georgia Water Coalition's Clean 13 Celebration at Mason Fine Art Center in Atlanta.

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