L to R - Gloria Burns, Allen Burns Dr. William T. Lipscomb Science and Engineering Fair winner, and Allen Burns Allen Burns from Ms. Jill Coss class at Glynn Academy was the Grand
Prize winner of the Dr. William T. Lipscomb Award at the Savannah Regional Science
and Engineering Fair. Allen received a
$1,000 scholarship, his name on the Dr. W.T. Lipscomb Trophy, and a certificate.
Eight students from coastal Georgia shared the $3,000 in scholarships awarded. Dr.
William T. Lipscomb served a professor of Biology teaching Anatomy &
Physiology at the College in Brunswick until his retirement, and then served as
the GEC Secretary until his death. Bill was an advocate for the GEC recognizing
and supporting our outstanding middle and high school students, teachers, and
parents. A science fair award was
established in his memory after he passed away and this year was be the eleventh
year the award is presented. The Dr. William T. Lipscomb Science Fair Awards
are sponsored by the Glynn Environmental Coalition, Georgia Power, and Pinova. Read
March 1: 5-8 PM, Bag It - Movie at the Ritz Theater, 1530 Newcastle St,
Brunswick. GreenScene of Coastal Georgia is hosting a screening of the award-winning
environmental documentary, Bag It. Meet Jeb Berrier who is featured in the
GEC 1st Friday Lunch, March 4, 11 AM, I-HOP,
5031 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick. Kimberly
Burgess, CCGA admissions representative, is speaking on Amendment 23, an
enrollment program that gives senior citizens an opportunity to take college
classes for free. Tate Holbrook, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology will
share information on the Coastal Ecology Program.
Green Drinks, February 23, 5-7PM, Embassy
Suites, 500 Mall Blvd. (Glynn Place
Mall). Hosted by Keep Golden Isles Beautiful. Read More
GEC 1st Friday Lunch, April 1, 11 AM, I-HOP,
5031 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick. David
Kyler, Executive Director of the Center for a Sustainable Coast, will speak
about their work to protect Georgia’s coast.
We Have Been Working On
- The effort to save Twitty
Park is ongoing and growing. We appreciate hearing your support in favor of
saving the magnificent park for the benefit of the citizens of Glynn County and
the State of Georgia. We expect responses to the issues raised in
the lawsuit very soon. Our goals remain preserving Twitty Park and its
iconic live oaks and respecting the Cain family’s gift to the County. Twitty
Park now has a Facebook Page you can "Like" and visit for updates.
- GEC’s 3rd
Annual Bowl-A-Thon on January 29 was fun for all. Thanks to the 30 bowlers
and cheerleaders who came out to support the effort. Congratulations and
trophies went to the winning team consisting of: Doug and Sharon Ehle, Ellen
Smith, and Callie Parshley. Doug Ehle won the trophy for the highest individual
- A $1,500 grant to
support the GEC Safe Seafood Program was recently awarded by the Brunswick
Walmart Neighborhood Market.
- The GEC 2015 Safe
Seafood Outreach wrapped up in December. We distributed 2,610 brochures,
spoke at length with 147 fishers, provided supplemental information to 17
people, and distributed 13 “Paid” mercury hair analysis kits. Fishers from 24
nearby Georgia Counties fished in the advisory area.
- The GEC submitted comments concerning the Sea Island Groin permit application to
the Army Corps of Engineers. The current groin is thought to be responsible for
the loss of ½ mile of barrier island protecting St. Simons from the Atlantic
- Many calls about the Spaceport
proposed for Camden County. Concerns
range from environmental impacts, which company will use the site, to disruption
of daily life surrounding the launches. We have more questions than answers at
- The proposed shipment
of coal ash to the Broadhurst Landfill in Wayne County resulted in several
calls for help and guidance. New York City has identified the southeast for
trash disposal in several studies.
- The LCP Chemicals Superfund Site Consent Decree is expected to be
lodged with the court in March, followed by a 30 day comment period. There are
concerns about the limited cleanup and large scale cover up of chemicals in the
marsh. The LCP Chemicals technical assistance reports are available on the GEC
- The Terry Creek Dredge Spoil Areas/Hercules Outfall Site Proposed Plan for
the cleanup and cover-up of the outfall ditch comments were completed by Dr.
Peter deFur and the GEC and sent to the EPA in early September. The next steps are the release of the EPA
Responsiveness Summary and proposed Record of Decision.
- The Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site Explanation of
Significant Difference was received by the GEC. The document authorizes the continued cleanup
outside the underground containment walls (called slurry walls) and provides
details about the plan to address the shallow creosote remaining outside the
Western Containment Area. Our technical advisor, Dr. deFur, reviewed several
sampling and engineering reports received in July, the recently received Explanation
of Significant Difference, and produced a technical assistance report. The
report will be mailed soon and has been placed on the GEC web site. To be added to the
mailing list, contact the GEC at 912-466-0934 or email email@example.com.
Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on Preterm Birth - Even
mild exposures to some contaminants may raise a pregnant woman’s risk of
delivering her baby too soon, warns the four-minute production. The video draws
on emerging scientific evidence that particulate matter, lead and other pollutants
— especially in combination, as they’re typically encountered — may play a role
in the approximately 15 million babies born preterm every year around the
Monsanto, Not Zika, Causing
Microcephaly? - Out of 404 confirmed
microcephaly cases in Brazil, only 17% tested positive for the Zika virus. The increase in this birth defect, in which the
baby is born with an abnormally small head, was quickly linked to the Zika
virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. However, according to the Physicians
in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, the Ministry failed to recognize that in the area
where most sick people live, a chemical larvicide that produces malformations
in mosquitoes was introduced into the drinking water supply in 2014. This
poison, Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled program aimed at
eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes. The Physicians added that the
Pyriproxyfen is manufactured by Sumimoto Chemical, a Japanese subsidiary of
Monsanto. Read More.
Walgreens Launches Safe Medication Disposal Program - In the first ongoing national
effort of its kind by a retailer, Walgreens will install safe medication
disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores in 39 states and Washington, D.C.,
primarily at locations open 24 hours. The program will make the disposal of
medications — including opioids and other controlled substances — easier and
more convenient. Don’t Flush your
medicines down the toilet. Read More.
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