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Resolutions Request Rayonier to Improve Discharge

Butler Island Plantation

Join the Altamaha Riverkeeper for a Paddle Where the River Meets the Sea  

Saturday May 17 at Noon
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Georgia Water Coalition names 2013 "Dirty Dozen"

Georgia's Dirty Dozen (full report pdf)
Press Release
Rayonier Discharge from the air and water—November 2013


TAKE ACTION TODAY - Hog CAFO Rollback Threatens Communities, Rivers and Property Rights >>


July 2013 Newsletter >>


Energy and Water in Georgia: ARK launches new website feature >>

See our just released video, “A River’s Story: Reclaiming the Altamaha.

It tells the story of pollution of Georgia’s largest river system by Rayonier in Jesup.

Please help us convince Rayonier to clean up its discharge by posting this video and sharing with friends.

Help Support ARK’s work with a donation today.

Help clean up Rayonier's pollution

Blue Crab

See the amazing process of blue crab molting and mating in this time lapsed video >>




Another day, another 60 million gallons of effluent dumped in our river

Help ARK, watch the video now, and share with your friends on facebook, websites and more. Take action by clicking the share icon at the top right corner of the video for tools to share and create awareness that will stop this pollution of Georgia's greatest river.

More background on Rayonier pollution problem.

Special thanks to THIS AMERICAN LAND for producing the video.

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ARK Sunset Eco-Cruise

Thursday, December 4

Shrimp Boat out of the Mist

Before the hustle and bustle of the holidays take a break and join Altamaha Riverkeeeper for a sunset cruise.

Ride the Low Country Queen on this beautiful estuary cruise from Hampton Marina on the north end of St. Simons Island to the south end of Little St. Simons.

Altamaha Coastkeeper and Ornithologist, Jen Hilburn, will be onboard to identify wintering shorebirds along the route such as American Oystercatchers, Piping Plovers, Red Knots, and more.

You deserve a holiday - give yourself the gift of a two hour cruise with complimentary wine, beer, and heavy appetizers.

The cruise is $100 per person and supports protection of our watershed and coast! Space is limited.

Participants will meet us at the Hampton Marina at 3:00 pm for the two hour cruise in the coastal estuary.

Please click here to make your reservations by December 1 and call the ARK office at 912-437-8164 to get on the guest list. Directions to Hampton River Marina:

Celebrate our Coast at the 8th Annual Clam Jam!

Spoonbill in Flight

Join friends from Atlanta to the Atlantic as Altamaha Riverkeeper presents the 8th Annual Clam Jam on Saturday, November 8, 2014!  Clam Jam supports our work to protect, defend, and restore the Altamaha watershed, the largest river system in the state which includes the Ocmulgee, Oconee, and Ohoopee Rivers.

Back by popular demand, Clam Jam returns to the amazing Pine Marsh Farm in Brunswick overlooking the Marshes of Glynn.  Dr. Neal and Ginger Boswell look forward to hosting the festivities which include a private farm tour and an alfresco dinner for the over 200 guests featuring the freshest local oysters, clams, and shrimp, and of course Dr. Boswell’s famous pecan smoked Boston butts.  Enjoy live music, the huge silent auction, and find your inner vinophile at the Wall of Wine.

Learn more- Help us protect the Altamaha watershed and coast, attend the event and become a Clam Jam sponsor.

Please join our efforts, make a contribution to our fund raising auction. See event details.

ARK Proceeds with Lawsuit against Rayonier

On July 14, Altamaha Riverkeeper attorneys filed a "Response in Opposition "brief to Rayonier's motion to have the Altamaha Riverkeeper's Clean Water Act citizen suit case against them dismissed. This filing is an important step in the proceedings. Rayonier attorneys will now file a response to ARK's brief. The judge will review the case over the next couple months and make a ruling on the dismissal in the fall. If the judge rules in ARK's favor, the case will proceed to the discovery phase.

Thanks to ARK attorneys Hutton Brown with GreenLaw, Donald Stack with Stack & Associates, P.C. and Nathaniel Hunt with Southern Environmental Law Center for doing a great job in preparing a very strong brief.

Read the full brief

Federal judge "disinclined" to issue judgment in favor of Rayonier Inc. in suit over Altamaha River discharges

Altamaha Riverkeeper's suit says company is violating a consent agreement to clean up color, odor

By Terry Dickson Tue, Florida Times-Union, Sep 2, 2014 @ 6:41 pm | updated Tue, Sep 2, 2014 @ 7:17 pm

BRUNSWICK, GA. | A federal judge said Tuesday she is not inclined — at least not initially — to issue a summary judgment in a suit against Rayonier Inc. over its discharges into the Altamaha River at Jesup.

Rayonier moved for the summary judgment, a ruling that would halt the suit before trial. The Altamaha Riverkeeper sued Rayonier in March asserting that wastewater dumped into the river contains organic compounds that stain the river water and produce bad odors in violation of a consent order the company signed with the state Environmental Protection Division.

Rayonier says it has spent $70 million to reduce color in discharges by half, but Riverkeeper says the river is still stained black because the company still uses outmoded treatment methods.

Rayonier’s motion for a summary judgment centered on the language in the company’s discharge permit. One of the company’s lawyers, Patricia T. Barmeyer, told Chief U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood that the Riverkeeper was relying on language she dismissed as “boilerplate’’ that is included in all Environmental Protection Division permits.

The question, Barmeyer said, is whether the color, odor and turbidity standards that Rayonier is accused of violating are actually part of water quality standards.

Permits include specific standards that are spelled out that companies are compelled to meet, Barmeyer said.

Farther down in the permit, the EPD has set those specific standards for the company to comply with, she said.

One of the Riverkeeper’s lawyer, Hutton Brown of GreenLaw, an Atlanta-based environmental firm, agreed that the color, turbidity and odor requirements are narrative, as Barmeyer asserted, but said they should not be dismissed.

The standards are mentioned in the first sentence on the first page of the discharge permit and are incorporated into Georgia’ water quality standards, Brown told Wood.

“This is not a cover page meant to keep the document warm,” he said.

“Would I prefer it were spelled out specifically? Yes,” but the fact that it is not does not undermine the interpretation, Brown argued.

While she said she is inclined to not grant Rayonier’s motion, Wood said she would look at the rules of contract interpretation and apply them before issuing an order.

Wood gave both sides 10 days to make their cases on the order and magnitude of those rules.

Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405

Shots Fired in the Battle over the Buffer

By Brian Lucy, Altamaha Riverkeeper & CEO

Why is Director Judson Turner of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) blatantly defying the Georgia Court of Appeals and urging others to follow his lead?

Kids Drinking Water

On August 12, 2014 Mr. Turner fired off a memorandum to Local Issuing Authorities and Interested Parties across the state, not only stating that EPD will not be following the recent Georgia Court of Appeals ruling to uphold buffer protections for state waters, but that he recommends Local Issuing Authorities and others do the same. READ MORE...

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Help Protect Your Coastal Drinking Water

Join Altamaha Riverkeeper Monday For An Important Meeting of the Senate Groundwater Study Committee.

MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014 @ 1 PM
Jekyll Island Convention Center

Kids Drinking Water

Please attend this meeting on Long Term Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) at the Jekyll Island Convention Center from 1-3 p.m. and voice your concerns to help ensure that our coastal aquifer is protected through a renewed moratorium on Aquifer Storage Recovery (ASR) READ MORE...

ARK Sunset Cruise
Thursday June 12

Sunset over

See PHOTOS from the event

Sign me up for the next cruise

We haven't set a date yet for the next cruise, but it was too much fun not to do it again. And we already have a bunch of folks on the waiting list we were unable to accommodate this time around. If you are interested in joining us next time, send an email to and we'll be sure to let you know when we have the next cruise scheduled.

Dear ARK Friends,

Thanks to all who participated in our sunset river cruise from Hampton Point Marina to Mudcat Charlie's (and back). We had a great group for our four-boat "Armada on the Altamaha" and good cooperation from Mother Nature, with perfect temperatures, a beautiful sunset, light shows from several thunderstorms close enough to dazzle but too distant to threaten and a nearly full moon to guide us home.

Thanks to our intrepid captains - Brooks Good and Paul Christian from Coastal Outdoor Adventures, Michael Gowen from SouthEast Adventures and Phillip Kempton from Captain Phillip's Charters & Tours.

Thanks, too, to the folks at Mudcat Charlie's, SugarMarsh cottages, St. Simons Seafood, BI-LO in Darien and Sweetwater Breweries for their support with food and drink.

Altamaha Riverkeeper Sues Rayonier for Violations of Clean Water Act >>

Save the Spit

See how you can help.

ARK Gives Rayonier Notice of its Intent to Sue under the Clean Water Act >>>

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“A River’s Story: Reclaiming the Altamaha”

Rayonier named to Georgia Coalition 2012 Dirty Dozen list

Help ARK, watch the video now, and share with your friends on facebook, websites and more. Take action by rolling over the video for tools to share and create awareness that will stop this pollution of Georgia's greatest river.

More background on Rayonier pollution problem.

Help clean up Rayonier's pollution


2nd Annual Sunset Cruise
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Hampton Point Marina

Middle Georgia's Riverkeeper Rendezvous

Please join ARK Riverkeeper Jen Hilburn for a special sunset cruise on the Low Country Queen along the Intracoastal and into the Altamaha.

On the 50-minute cruise to Mudcat Charlie’s (where you can have dinner on your own), learn about the area’s rich cultural and natural history and what ARK is doing to protect the river. We’ll follow the setting sun up river and the rising moon on the way back. 

Complimentary drinks, food, good company and gorgeous scenery. What’s better than that? (Tentative rain date tbd).

(We sold out early last year, so reserve your spot now!)

Non-Members $120 per person
(includes 1-year membership)

Members $100 per person

or Call 855-902-4040 to reserve by phone

2nd Annual Sunset Cruise

I cannot attend but would like to make a financial contribution to support a healthy watershed.

This is a fundraiser for the Altamaha Riverkeeper, Inc., dedicated to the protection, defense,
and restoration of Georgia’s biggest river system — the Altamaha, including its tributaries
the Ocmulgee River, the Oconee River and the Ohoopee River
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