Adopt-A-Stream Awards 2021

St. Marys Riverkeeper Lapped Up Awards at Georgia’s Adopt-A-Stream 2021 “Confluence” St. Marys Riverkeeper took home multiple awards at this year’s “Confluence 2021” in March, the annual conference of Georgia’s Adopt-A-Stream organization. Adopt-A-Stream is the state’s volunteer water quality monitoring program. Volunteers regularly monitor sites and submit data to an online database. The SMRK took […]

St. Marys Riverkeeper Success Story

Camden’s Horsepen Creek is now clear as a bell Every month, Anna Laws pulls on her waterproof boots and steps out of her SUV parked on the side of a road in rural Camden County, GA. The biologist then maneuvers carefully around a homeowner’s barn and newly-created septic hill to access the tall pine forest […]

Living Shoreline Phase II — May 1, 2021

In mid March, volunteers from SMRK began phase two of our Living Shoreline deployment, which was delayed in 2020 due to COVID. The process began with UNF students Hunter Mathews and Chris Kurtz collecting 100 gallons of oyster shells as part of the Oyster Shell Recycling program at Guana Tolomato National Estuarine Research Reserve in […]

Escambia Slough

Our water monitoring revealed higher-than-normal levels of E.coli counts at Escambia Slough, which is part of the drainage system for downtown Fernandina Beach, FL, beginning in 2018. In January, 2021, we conducted eDNA tests there and at nearby Egan’s Creek. These showed continued very high counts at Escambia and much lower, but still concerning, counts […]

Spanish Creek

Phase 1 of an incentive grant to clean up the bacterially-impaired Spanish Creek watershed in Charlton County, GA., began in 2019. Efforts are still underway to identify the source of the contamination. Continued testing for both bacteria and DNA is needed. The Charlton County Citizens Advisory Committee is currently developing a Watershed Management Plan. During […]

Horsepen Creek

Horsepen Creek flows into the St. Marys River at the Browntown community near Kingsland. It is hailed as a success story for the SMRK and other entities that worked successfully to clean it up over the last several years. It was first recognized as having problems in 2015, when the University of Georgia conducted water […]

Trail Ridge

The SMRK is regularly testing Boone’s Creek, a tributary that runs through a possible mining site in the Georgia Okefenokee Swamp Trail Ridge. The creek, surrounding wetlands and the entire St. Mary’s River could be affected if the Alabama-based company Twin Pines Minerals begins operation. Determining accurate baseline measurements is important so that the levels […]

High School Water Monitoring

Water quality monitoring programs at local high schools are currently one of our most successful outreach initiatives. Funded primarily by the Rayonier Community Fund Grant, teachers are trained in Georgia’s Adopt-a-Stream bacterial and chemical monitoring protocols and then take groups of students to perform regular monitoring. The program is currently in operation at Charlton and […]