GEC 1st Friday Lunch, November 4, 11 AM,
Captain Joe's Seafood, 5296 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick. Mark
Dodd, Coordinator for the GA-DNR Sea Turtle Program is speaking about the
record nesting season for loggerhead turtles-a milestone year for recovery of
the threatened species.
GA Gives Day, Thursday, November 17: Make GEC your choice for GA Gives Day, an online statewide
giving movement for citizens to donate to the nonprofit of their choice. All
donations will be matched.
GEC Holiday Social, Friday, December 2, 5-7 PM, Toucan’s
Ale House, 2450 Perry Lane Road, Brunswick. Please join us. We are replacing this
month’s 1st Friday Lunch with an early evening social on Toucan’s deck to kick
off the holiday season.
What We Have
Been Working On
- GEC 2016 Annual Meeting and Picnic, September 24: Thanks to our guests who made the event a great success! Everyone
enjoyed all of the ingredients of a great picnic – great company and great
food - everything from boiled shrimp, fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans,
and many more mouthwatering specialties. Thanks to the GEC officers and
directors for your service to the GEC.
CoastFest, October 1: Hundreds enjoyed GEC’s booth featuring educational activities
and information on our community projects.
Mahas, Safe Seafood Outreach, prepares the GEC CoastFest booth for a day of Seafood Bingo
- The GEC 2016 Safe Seafood program completed its fourth month with a new
outreach person. John Mahas started in early September.
Thank you to Nicole Holt for her efforts in the field from June through
August and helping with development of the Safe Seafood T-Shirt. The shirts are available for $20 and will
help support the Safe Seafood project. An expanded Safe Seafood program is
being proposed for long term funding under Superfund.
Mahas - A native of Brunswick, John will graduate from College of Coastal Georgia this December
with a biology degree with a Coastal Ecology track. After graduation, John
wants to pursue a job in conservation with an emphasis in ichthyology (fish
biology). John shares information with our local fishermen on the seafood
consumption guidelines for the Glynn County advisory area. John says he enjoys
interactions with our fisherman, learning where they fish, how frequently, and
what they catch. He also says the Safe Seafood outreach is improving his fish
identification skills. Thank you John Mahas for doing a great job!
- The GEC continues to monitor Georgia Power’s removal of the coal ash pond from Plant
McManus in Glynn County. Georgia Power reports the removal is around 30%
complete and expects to complete the project in early 2017. One water sample had arsenic, which has been
reported to the Georgia EPD. The water
will be investigated under the Hazardous Site Response Act program. The coal ash
is being placed in a lined cell without other wastes, and financial assurances to
maintain the cells are in place at the Chesser
Island Landfill near Folkston.
- The Twitty Park Worth Saving initiative moved to court on August 9th.
We made our first appearance before the Glynn County Superior Court, arguing
that Georgia law requires Glynn County to hold Twitty Park in public trust for
its citizens. Glynn County and SIA Propco II, LLC (aka Sea Island Company)
argued that a public park can be transferred to a private company and developed
for public and private roads. Obviously, we strongly disagree and will fight to
save Twitty Park. We await an initial ruling from the Court and encourage you
to contact your local elected representatives to remind them that the public
wants its parks and public assets held in public trust, not by private
companies. We are waiting for the ruling. Read More
- The EPA Office of Inspector General Investigation (OIG) has agreed to
look further into the complaint from the GEC concerning the Terry Creek
Superfund Site. The focus is: 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-mailing process at the Terry Creek Dredge Spoil
Areas/Hercules Outfall Site.
Challenges encountered at the Brunswick Wood Preserving
Superfund Site included power lines, major gas pipelines, rail road tracks, and
fiber optic cable.
- The Brunswick
Wood Preserving Superfund Site cleanup outside the underground containment
walls (called slurry walls) is nearing completion. Some excess treated material will be removed
from the site in the near future. Read More
Interest was high for the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site marsh Cleanup Plan at the December 4, 2014 EPA meeting.
- The LCP
Chemicals Superfund Site Consent Decree for the marsh cleanup and cover-up
was released on July 29th for public comment through September 6th.
The GEC submitted comments (Read More). A Technical Assistance Report was produced, mailed, and placed on the web. Read More The release of the Consent Decree
starts the 3-year clock on completing the Resource
Wetland vegetation removal and filling at the Inn at Sea Island in
- Savannah Army Corps
of Engineers (ACE) requested more information concerning the January 2016 GEC request
for enforcement action for wetland filling at the Inn at Sea Island. 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.
- WAIT, WAIT, WAIT…. We continue to wait for a response for these
projects and issues.
- Savannah Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) - The
GEC and other coastal organizations continue to wait for a response to comments
concerning the Sea Island Groin
- 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 2015. We are waiting for the release of the EPA
Responsiveness Summary and proposed Record of Decision. Read More
- The Harrington Road Boat Ramp remains a
concern for boaters and fishermen on St. Simons. Efforts continue to preserve
the only public access to creeks and protective waters.
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Thank you to our partner Katy Smith at the UGA Marine
Extension Service for modeling the shirt.
Get your Safe Seafood T-Shirt for a $20 donation and help support our outreach efforts.