Internationally-known environmental advocate Erin Brockovich (you may have heard of the movie…) held a press conference and public forum at Love’s Seafood on the banks of the imperiled Ogeechee River on 2 November 2012. Ms. Brockovich was there to voice her support of efforts by Ogeechee Riverkeeper to force Georgia’s increasingly ineffective Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to perform their constitutionally-outlined duties and stop or significantly deter pollution by the King America Finishing Plant near Sylvania. King America, you may recall, was implicated in the the deaths of over 35,000 fish in the Ogeechee last year. The river needs all the help it can get and since as taxpayers, we help fund the EPD, let’s force them to do their job.
Ogeechee Riverkeeper Board Chairman Ann Hartzell introduced Erin Brockovich to the crowd.
Read Ann’s article at ConnectSavannah here:
Ms. Brockovich was presented the Key to the City of Savannah and generously met with supporters afterward.
Georgia’s historic and beautiful Ogeechee River just made the top of the list of the state’s “Dirty Dozen” by the Georgia Water Coalition. If you care about our rivers, please get involved with a Riverkeeper or other advocacy group in your area and let your elected and appointed officials know you’re tired of excuses. We can have jobs and clean rivers at the same time. As was pointed out during Ms. Brockovich’s press conference, King America is an Illinois company and they meet environmental standards there. The reason they’re in Georgia is because they can get away with more pollution and operate with fewer regulations here. We’re better than that, Georgia. It’s not a political issue. As I stated in my post about Rayonier’s pollution of the Altamaha River, I recall from my childhood pictures of rivers in the industrial North full of oil and pollution, even catching on fire. We falsely assumed that our politicians would never let our rivers look like that. They were places we spent time with our families and learned to fish with our grandfathers or fathers and places we could depend on for food from time to time. Where do you think all the bluegill and bream served up at church fish fries and dinners-on-the-ground came from? Not from fish farms in Thailand or Vietnam, I’d bet. I don’t know what motivates the EPD to protect polluters like King America, but I do know we will get sick and tired of it, and then we’ll just get sick. Perhaps a fish fry from a local catch downstream from Sylvania would help convince them…we’ll invite the EPD Board and the legislature!
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