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The mission of the Satilla Riverkeeper is to protect, restore, and educate about the ecological values and unique beauty of the Satilla River. We want to ensure adequate quality and quantity of water in the Satilla River for all uses. We are the eyes and ears of the watershed and estuary.
In 2000, a passionate Satilla River loving group of individuals, including James Holland, Jack Sandow, Dr. Guy Moorman, Chip Sasser, Richard Sasser, Larry Purdom and Charles Lagoueyte saw that their beloved river was being threatened by a multitude of polluters and joined forces to do something about it. They felt that the Satilla was a beautiful but forgotten river. Some of these individuals had worked diligently on solid-waste issues in Waycross, bringing a lot of press and pressure on waste generators to slow down or stop the tremendous amount of garbage and trash washing into the river. The momentum was slowly building to do great things for the Satilla.
The Satilla Riverkeeper organization become a fully licensed 501(c) 3 organization in July of 2004. The first Executive Director/Riverkeeper was hired in September of 2004. Satilla Riverkeeper, an official effort dedicated to the expensive and time-consuming business of conserving and restoring our precious river, still remains strong today. Satilla Riverkeeper is a grassroots organization, but membership must be paid for because effective, professional keeping is expensive. We hope that you will join us in our efforts to PROTECT, RESTORE and EDUCATE about our beautiful Satilla!