On June 6, 2013 from 7:30 to 9:00am, join Chapter activists in attending the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable Breakfast, presented by Southface. This roundtable discussion will focus on the state of the Georgia coast in light of recent regulatory and and legislative developments and feature foremost experts on this special 100 mile stretch of seashore

Tickets and all details available HERE.

Background

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) recently announced that it will no longer require developers to maintain a 25-foot buffer between the edge of saltwater marshes on Georgia’s coast and new construction. Georgia’s biologically diverse 100-mile coastline represents one third of all saltwater marshland on the Atlantic seaboard. It is a defining feature of Georgia’s ecology and is vital to the state’s commercial and recreational fishing industry. In the absence of buffer requirements, Georgia’s vulnerable coast will lose the marshland that filters stormwater sediments and pollutants and provides a protective barrier from hurricanes and other coastal storms.

Join us to discuss what the EPD’s announcement means for Georgia’s coast and to explore the precedent it may set for buffers statewide from both a legal and an ecological perspective.

Moderator: Megan Desrosiers – Executive Director, One Hundred Miles
Speaker:
Steve Caley – Senior Attorney, GreenLaw
Speaker: Brian Lucy – CEO/Riverkeeper, Altamaha Riverkeeper
Speaker: Gordon Rogers – Riverkeeper and Executive Director, Flint Riverkeeper
Speaker: Seth Wenger – Director of Science, UGA River Basin Center