One of the tradeoffs of living near the ocean is vulnerability to risks like hurricanes and floods. Even more vulnerable? Low-income people, the elderly, and those with health problems or disabilities. Scientists at the University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography are pulling together data from a variety of sources - mostly the federal government - to better understand those vulnerabilities.
An unbroken saltwater trail along 800 miles of the Southeastern coastline has been mapped out for those who like canoeing, kayaking and other paddle sports. The Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail maps routes along the coast, as well as access points between the Chesapeake Bay and Saint Mary's, Ga.
A coastal-area landowner has agreed to restore several square miles of wetlands after he built illegal roads and ditches on them. Glynn County resident Wayne Hutcheson built the roads to access his property better. But he didn't have the state and federal approval that's required any time development affects protected marshes.
Brunswick city officials are getting tired of paying to raise sunken and abandoned shrimp boats. Two years after paying about $70,000 to raise a derelict trawler at the city dock, last month another one sank. Taxpayers end up footing the bill when shrimpers can't maintain their boats and can't insure or sell them.
A coastal-area environmental group and five public agencies have come together to clear up confusion about fish advisories in the Brunswick area. The partnership aims to put in one place the myriad advice fishermen receive about which fish to eat, where to catch them and how much is too much. State officials produce a 60 page book on the topic.
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center says it will fill 48 positions in Glynn County by moving some human resources operations there from Washington, D.C. The training center said Monday the Department of Homeland Security, which includes FLETC, has folded its main human resources department into the training center's division to consolidate operations and reduce costs by $1.5 million this year.
A legal settlement over endangered sea turtles in the Pacific could be a sign of things to come in the Atlantic. Conservation groups recently agreed with the National Marine Fisheries Management Service over new rules to protect the Pacific leatherback sea turtle. In the Atlantic, the same groups are petitioning the same officials for rules to protect the threatened Atlantic loggerhead.
Even though the Japanese earthquake occured on the other side of the world, it still registered as massive to Georgians monitoring the earth. One geologist on the Georgia coast says, the earthquake's massive tidal wave likewise will be measured in oceans all over the world -- if only barely.
Archaeologists have discovered the site of the original lightkeeper's house on Georgia's Sapelo Island. The building housed generations of lightkeepers and their families starting in 1820 until its collapse in a hurricane in 1898. The location of the sand-covered ruins hadn't been known for almost a hundred years.