GEORGIA WATER COALITION ENJOYS COASTAL OFFERINGS
DURING RICHMOND HILL MEETING
RICHMOND HILL, GA – November 16, 2015 – The hours of planning logged by Ogeechee Riverkeeper ahead of November’s Georgia Water Coalition Partner Meeting paid off in dividends. The fall event, held this year in Richmond Hill and co-hosted by ORK, served as a prime opportunity for hundreds of coalition members from around the state to enjoy coastal Georgia’s natural resources and appreciate the region’s offerings.
Attendees were encouraged to take advantage of their two days in the scenic Coastal Empire by exploring the area’s sites and attractions. The overnight guests even had the option of reserving a cabin or campsite at historic Fort McAllister, a 1,725-acre state park located on the south bank of the Ogeechee River.
Guests arrived just after lunch on Thursday, Nov. 12. The group enjoyed a variety of activities and networking opportunities that allowed them to take in the beautiful waterways, diverse wildlife and breathtaking sights the region is known for. They could choose from several excursions including a paddle trip sponsored by Ogeechee Riverkeeper, a birding expedition at Harris Neck, a wetlands walk with renowned naturalist Cathy Sakas or a private tour of Fort McAllister. After a fun-filled afternoon soaking up the South Georgia sunshine, attendees socialized over a freshly prepared seafood dinner courtesy of Love’s Seafood.
On Friday, Nov. 13, guests gathered for a daylong Georgia Water Coalition meeting at the Richmond Hill City Center in J.F. Gregory Park, a 335-acre multi-use recreational area that once encompassed a thriving rice plantation and was subsequently acquired by Henry Ford. The meeting included a catered lunch.
During the gathering, staffers and members of more than 200 organizations representing over a quarter of a million Georgians discussed statewide water management and associated issues.
“We thoroughly enjoyed having the Georgia Water Coalition partners in Richmond Hill for the annual meeting,” Ogeechee Riverkeeper Emily Markesteyn said. “We worked efficiently and addressed several important matters, but business proceedings were balanced with a few social outings and visits to local attractions. I think the attendees were impressed by all that Coastal Georgia has to offer. The planned activities left the representatives feeling reinvigorated so they could focus on ensuring Georgia’s surface and ground waters continue to be well-managed public resources.”
For more information on the Georgia Water Coalition, please visit www.garivers.org, call Gina Rogers at 770-787-7887 or email GINA@gwf.org. For more information on the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, please visit ogeecheeriverkeeper.org.
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