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Adopt-a-wetland trains waterway monitors
Workshop participants slog through a muddy area of a marsh. - photo by Photo provided.

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The Richmond Hill Garden Club teamed up with the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service on July 17 to host its annual Coastal Georgia Adopt-A-Wetland Workshop.

The workshop, which was held at the Richmond Hill Historical Society Museum, was intended to raise awareness of water quality issues in Georgia and to equip concerned citizens with the skills and tools needed to protect their local waterways.

Mary Burns, event coordinator for the Garden Club, was pleased with the turnout. “There were 12 people in attendance, and four were newcomers. Every year we pick up a few new members of the community who are concerned about our water quality,” she said.

The participants learned how to monitor water quality and take biological samples. They were also taught how to report their findings, which will be used for future wetlands treatment and research.  

After passing the required tests and being approved by the University of Georgia, workshop participants will be certified to monitor and report water quality on their own.

“My husband and I have been doing this for six or seven years now, and we’ve collected so much information that’s valuable and worthwhile. I really feel like we’re making a difference,” said Burns.

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