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Ogeechee Riverkeeper opens new, permanent office
Ribbon Cutting - Ogeechee Riverkeeper June 7 2016
From left: Brianne Yontz, Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce executive director; Caitlin Young, Chamber Ambassador/catering and conference manager at Richmond Hill City Center; Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, Ogeechee Riverkeeper watershed outreach coordinator; Emily Markesteyn, Ogeechee Riverkeeper executive director. - photo by Photo provided.

Despite the heavy rains, Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s grand opening of its new office Tuesday was still accessible by car and the organization thinks that will help it be even more effective in safeguarding the river.

“During our 10-plus years we’ve really boosted our presence, but having a permanent home is going to be a big help,” said Executive Director and Riverkeeper Emily Markesteyn. “We’ve moved around a lot and relied on in-kind donations for office space, but owning this gives us more stability.”

The 800-square-foot office, renovated by volunteers, is located at 785 King George Blvd, Ste. 102, in Georgetown, just off of Route 204.

“It’s really a prime location near the Chatham and Bryan county lines with easy access to I-95 that will allow us to travel around the Ogeechee and Canochee river basins and waterways,” Markesteyn said.

The group monitors not only the two rivers but also all of the affiliated tributaries, creeks and streams, covering some 5,500 square miles over 22 counties.

Ogeechee Riverkeeper didn’t have to move very far this time — literally just across the hall — but ownership gives the organization and its partners and supporters a greater sense of stability.

“We were never sure with our rent or if an office might get sold,” Markesteyn said. “This makes it convenient for planning meetings, debriefs, hosting meetings. And it’s a place the public can come and visit.”

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