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Party on Ogeechee aims to protect river

Ogeechee Riverkeeper will have its second annual News and Views — Casual Social Event as part of the nonprofit’s community outreach program on Tuesday.

Coastal Electric Cooperative is sponsoring Ogeechee Riverkeeper, which is partnering with Richmond Hill Reflections Live and Fish Tales Restaurant to invite the community to learn more about and get involved in the organization’s work of keeping our region’s water clean.

The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fish Tales, 3203 Fort McAllister Road on the Ogeechee River. This is the first of the season with five more events planned throughout the Ogeechee River basin from Statesboro to Louisville and beyond throughout the year.

These informal events are designed to keep residents and businesses living and working within the Ogeechee and Canoochee river basins in the loop about issues concerning the waterways including the Palmetto Pipeline appeal, legislative issues and water quality monitoring. Area residents are invited to enjoy appetizers and drinks as they get to know Ogeechee Riverkeeper Executive Director Emily Markesteyn and watershed outreach coordinator Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, who will update guests about some of coastal Georgia’s natural resources. There will be a special membership rate for people joining the organization and raffles for prizes.

“We’re excited that the community of Richmond Hill is so involved and that Fish Tales has welcomed us back for a second year,” Markesteyn said. “We appreciate their support. Many people depend on the waterways as a source of income, a tourist attraction and for the outdoor recreation opportunities they provide, and we are happy to share what has been going on with our organization, what’s to come and to let people know how they can get involved.

The Ogeechee flows from the Piedmont region, across the fall line and eventually into the Atlantic Ocean along with its major tributary the Canoochee, draining a 5,540 square-mile basin that encompasses wetlands, forests, farms and scores of towns and cities.

“We believe that if everyone in the community knew more about these precious resources, their importance to the region and the threats they face, deciding to get involved would be a natural choice,” Markesteyn said.

To learn more about Ogeechee Riverkeeper, go to or call 866-942-6222. 

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