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GEC May 2016 News, Events, and Updates
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Terrapin Crossing - May through July is the time to look out for Diamond Back Terrapins on the roads in their annual migration to egg laying areas.


Upcoming Events  


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GEC 1st Friday Lunch, June 3, 11 AM, Captain Joe’s Seafood Restaurant, 5296 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick. 

Dr. Don Gardner, head of agricultural and natural resources at the UGA Cooperative Extension in Glynn County, is speaking on the new St. Simons Island tree ordinance. The goal of the ordinance is to set a community standard to maintain a 50% tree canopy coverage and protect large canopy trees.


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GEC 1st Friday Lunch Friday, July 1, 11 AM, Captain Joe’s Seafood Restaurant, 5296 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick. Mike Williams, Director at The Clean Air Campaign is sharing information on how children and adults can become involved and take action to improve Georgia’s air quality. He will also provide resources for assistance with air quality in our homes, schools, and businesses.


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GEC 1st Friday Lunch, Aug. 5, 11 AM, UGA Marine Extension Service (MAREX), 715 Bay St, Brunswick.  Keren Giovengo, EcoScapes Program Manager, is giving a presentation & tour of the MAREX Ecoscapes Demonstration Garden promoting sustainable landscaping practices using native plants to increase wildlife. After the tour, the group is going to Maggie Mae’s Downtown Cafe, 205 Gloucester St., Brunswick for a Dutch treat lunch. More information on native plants.


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GEC Fieldtrip to Republic Services recycling facility in Jacksonville, August 11, 9 AM to 2:30 PM. To learn more about recycling, GEC members are visiting the recycling facility for Glynn County. Participants are meeting at Captain Joe’s Restaurant, 5296 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick at 9 AM.to car share & caravan to the facility located approximately 1 hour South on I-95. The tour, 10:30-11:30, includes a video, Q&A session, & facility tour. Participants must wear closed toe shoes. After the tour, we will stop for lunch at Panera Bread, 13271 City Station Dr., at River City Market Place (Mall across from airport exit) and drive back, arriving in Brunswick at approximately 2:30.


Save the Date – Saturday, September 24, Noon to 3 PM. GEC Annual Membership Meeting, Altamaha Regional Park.


What We Have Been Working On


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- The Twitty Park Worth Saving initiative continues to build.  We had a great picnic in Twitty Park on Saturday, April 16 with over 60 people stopping by. On the legal front, the GEC has filed our response to Glynn County and is working on our response to Sea Island Acquisitions.  Court hearings start on May 31. Glynn County in its Twitty Park filings with the Superior Court of Glynn County stated, “Glynn County admittedly does not own the subject property and, thus, cannot be compelled to put the property to any particular use.” This statement raises fundamental questions regarding public duty and trust in addition to threatening the existence of a 92 year old park. Georgia law requires its governmental entities to hold land dedicated as a public park for the benefit of the public. Updates will be posted to the Twitty Park Facebook Page.


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- The GEC is requesting an EPA Office of Inspector General Investigation (OIG) of: 1.) Use of a toxaphene (polychloro camphene) analytical method for decision-making previously found to be inappropriate by the EPA OIG; and, 2.) An agreement between EPA Region 4 and Hercules Incorporated to circumvent the Superfund community participation provisions and participation in the decision-making process at the Terry Creek Dredge Spoil Areas/Hercules Outfall Site.


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- The wetland filling at the Sea Island Inn resulted in the GEC requesting an enforcement action by the Savannah Army Corps of Engineers (ACE). The ACE Nationwide #39 Permit presented a building project while a different Preliminary Plat Approval was approved by the Island Planning Commission. The Final Plat Approval by Glynn County did not show the project proposed in the approved ACE permit application and the now filled wetland was incorporated into the landscaping design.       

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- The GEC 2016 Safe Seafood program is kicking off on June 1 with our new outreach person, Nicole Holt.  The GEC submitted a grant application to the Savannah Presbytery to help fund the outreach and should know if we have been funded later this month. The seafood advisory is available in English and Spanish.


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 Kids color to Save Twitty Park at the Eco-Fair.


- Earth Day activities, events, and award presentations filled April with the GEC participating in the Service Learning Symposium at the College, 5th Annual International Festival also at the College, Eco-Fair at the Glynn Place Mall, and presenting the Dr. William T. Lipscomb Science and Engineering Fair Awards at Glynn Academy.


- WAIT, WAIT, WAIT…. Here are the sites and issues we continue to wait for a response.
- Georgia Power date for removal of the coal ash pond from Plant McManus in Glynn County.


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- The GEC and other coastal organizations continue to wait for a response to comments concerning the Sea Island Groin permit application to the Army Corps of Engineers.


Superfund Sites


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The beauty of the marsh masks the toxic areas slated for removal or capping with sand.


- The LCP Chemicals Superfund Site Consent Decree for the marsh cleanup and cover-up is now 90+ days past the January 30 “deadline”. When released, a 30 day comment period on the Consent Decree will follow.


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The fish consumption advisory signs are not located in areas where people fish and require going online to read a 54 page book of regulations to find the information.


- The Terry Creek Dredge Spoil Areas/Hercules Outfall Site Proposed Plan comments on the cleanup and cover-up of the outfall ditch were sent to the EPA in early September. We are waiting for the release of the EPA Responsiveness Summary and proposed Record of Decision.


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- The Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site cleanup outside the underground containment walls (called slurry walls) is dependent upon moving gas lines running through the contaminated.  Work is expected to start at the Site on May 23.


Participate in GEC Activities

- You are invited to participate in planning, setup, and conducting GEC meetings and events.  Upcoming opportunities are the August 5th lunch at the UGA Marine Extension Service and the September 24th GEC Annual Meeting at Altamaha Regional Park. Contact Constance Riggins for more information at 912-466-0934 or by email at criggins@glynnenvironmental.org


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Postal Address: P. O. Box 2443, Brunswick, GA  31521
Office Location: 4472 New Jesup Hwy Suite C, Brunswick, GA  31520
Email: gec@glynnenvironmental.org



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