Picnic in the Park
- Picnic in Twitty Park,
Saturday, April 16, 11 AM to 2 PM. The effort to save Twitty Park continues
and we have been meeting with neighbors and Island organizations in an effort
to build support. We have received responses to the issues raised in the
lawsuit and responses are being prepared. Our goals remain preserving
Twitty Park, its iconic live oaks, and respecting the Cain family’s gift to the county. See the handout for more
information about the picnic and visit the Twitty Park Facebook Page for
Residents and GEC members raised community awareness about the threat to Twitty
Park on April 9th.
Earth Day Fifth Annual International
Festival, Friday, April 22, 2-7 PM, College of Coastal Georgia. The free festival celebrates
multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusivity through art, music, food,
performances, and more.
Eco Fair and Electronics Recycling Fair, Saturday,
April 23, 10 AM - 2 PM, 9AM - 1PM, Brunswick Mall. Free event featuring local vendors showcasing eco-friendly products and
activities. Join us at the event to learn more about local organizations
helping to protect Georgia’s coast.
GEC 1st Friday Lunch, Friday,
May 6, 11 AM, NEW VENUE! Captain Joes, 5296 New Jesup Hwy. Lea King-Badyna Lea King-Badyna, Director of Keep
Golden Isles Beautiful is speaking about the county’s recycling program.
GEC 1st Friday Lunch, Friday, June
3, 11 AM, Captain Joes, 5296 New Jesup Hwy. Don Gardner, GA
Extension Agent, is speaking on the St Simons Island tree ordinance. The goal
of the ordinance is to set a community standard to maintain a 50% tree canopy
GEC 1st Friday Lunch Friday,
July 1, 11 AM, Captain Joes, 5296 New Jesup Hwy. Mike Williams, Director of 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.
We Have Been Working On
- The GEC 2016 Safe
Seafood program preparation continued in March with a position announcement
and interviews for an outreach person. The GEC Board selected our 2016 outreach
person at the April 12th Board meeting. The GEC has submitted a grant application to
the Savannah Presbytery to help fund the outreach and should know if we have
been funded in May.
- 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. The current
groin is thought to be responsible for the loss of ½ mile of barrier island
protecting St. Simons from the Atlantic Ocean.
- Thank you to the College
of Coastal Georgia Environmental Club for holding a bake sale to help
support the GEC.
Morgan has suspended further work on the Palmetto
Pipeline project. The proposed plan for a 360 mile petroleum pipeline
through South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida has been abandoned. Kinder Morgan
posted on its website, “Kinder Morgan has suspended further work on the
Palmetto Pipeline project, following the unfavorable action by the Georgia
legislature regarding eminent domain authority and permitting restrictions for
- David Kyler, Executive Director of the Center for a Sustainable Coast, submitted thoughtful comments about the proposed Army Corps of Engineers permit for a rail road spur to ship coal ash and out of state municipal trash to Wayne County.
Power has announced plans to remove the
coal ash pond from Plant McManus in Glynn County. Coal ash and how to
dispose of the waste is a controversial in southeast Georgia and throughout the
Project Manager, Daniel Parshley, attended the national Coming Clean meeting in Albuquerque, NM. Coming Clean is a cutting edge campaign
collaborative that promotes human health, environmental protection, and
economic fairness. The
once obscure group now has a web site about its work, learn more at www.comingclean.org
The record level of PCBs in dolphins near the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site has raised concern,
- The LCP Chemicals Superfund Site Consent Decree is now 60 days past the
January 30 “deadline”. When released, a 30 day comment period on the Consent
Decree will follow. The GEC continues to closely monitor the Federal Register
for the announcement that the Consent Decree has been lodged with the
Court. Unfortunately, this is necessary
because the EPA does not always notify the community about these key legally
binding decision-making documents. 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 web site.
- 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. The next steps are the
release of the EPA Responsiveness Summary and proposed Record of
- The Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site Explanation of
Significant Difference Technical Assistance Report is available on the GEC web
site. 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. Moving gas lines running through the
contaminated area has delayed the work.
- A new report showing that 67% percent of all food cans tested
contained toxic BPA was just released. The report covers a lot of ground
but it's worth noting that almost 75% of cans purchased from Dollar Stores had
BPA and 100% of all bean or tomato products from Dollar Stores had BPA.
Many ways to support the GEC!
- Participate in events and
- AMAZON SMILE – Designate the
Glynn Environmental Coalition as the nonprofit you support! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/58-1999049
- Invite others to join our
efforts for a Clean Environment and Healthy Economy