The governing board for Jekyll Island is proposing a big change to the 42-year-old Georgia law that guarantees the coastal state park remain vastly undeveloped. A 1971 law limits hotels, golf courses and other amenities to 35 percent of the island's land area. But there has been heated debate over how large Jekyll Island actually is and how it should be measured.
The Department of Natural Resources is set to decide today whether or not to test a new underground water storage system. The $4 million experiment in Baker County will be Georgia's first attempt at aquifer storage and recovery. Backers say the idea has been used successfully around the country for decades.
Water barrels decorated by artists are being auctioned off in Athens as a way to raise money and promote water conservation efforts. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the rain barrels can help fight drought by catching rainwater to use on lawns or gardens.
The Longleaf Stewardship Fund announced a new partnership in Columbus Wednesday to preserve the pine tree in Georgia and other southeastern states. Through the Fund, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Southern Company and the Department of Defense and other government agencies are pooling resources to provide grants for environmental management efforts.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says there are only six known populations of gopher frogs left in the state. Those low numbers have a wide range of groups working with DNR to save the amphibian. Atlanta Botanical Garden biologist Dante Fenolio explains why saving these frogs and other amphibians is so important.
Jekyll Island officials have released their plan for conserving natural areas on the state-run island. The preliminary draft unveiled this week now goes to a 30-day public comment period. Jekyll officials say, the plan's purpose is to detail exactly how natural areas will be preserved and how developed areas can be best managed to benefit wildlife.
Jekyll Island officials are still figuring out how to implement a proposed natural conservation plan. The state-run island's governing body is in the midst of drafting a first-of-its-kind document. It will guide managers in protecting each of the island's about two dozen natural communities, like the beach. They had planned to release a draft in December.