by Siobhan Egan of Paprika Southern

Each week we send a deep dive into timely environmental stories and research affecting Coastal Georgia and a roundup of in-depth news, shared ideas that present thoughtful solutions to our regional problems and other stories for your weekend reading.


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Record rain, Solar Demand

It’s been a soggy week so far in Savannah, with an official and ominous 6.66 inches of rain falling at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Monday. The previous record amount of rainfall for Sept. 20 was 2.12 inches in 1885, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Emily McGraw in Charleston. That record was “smashed,” she noted. Some parts of Savannah, like Skidaway Island, got almost 9 inches of rain, according to reports from a network of volunteer weather recorders, called the Community…

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Pandemic Parties, Shrimp Harvests

Sunday Reads – Sept. 19 Some things in Coastal Georgia remain steady in the face of pandemics and quarantines and variants. Football and the celebrations tied to game days are on that list of events that go on, some way, somehow. Savannah’s Forsyth Park has remained an airy outdoor gathering spot for residents throughout the Covid time, and fishing or shrimping off piers and boats provides solitary work and recreation for many through it all. What else do those items have…

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Forsyth Park Plan Draft Unveiled

Draft Forsyth Park plan gets public eye The draft Forsyth Park Master plan is out and ready for public feedback. Friends of Forsyth, in partnership with Savannah, produced the draft after nearly a year of community engagement, including 4,500 completed surveys and hundreds of written comments. Residents can view the draft plan and share their feedback through Sept. 30 in several ways, the city announced in a press release:  Visit friendsofforsyth.org from Sept. 15 -30 to view the draft and offer…

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Defining Freedom to Learn,

Sunday Reads So we’ve reach the point in the year when the question “What are they smoking?” most likely refers to meat on your neighbor’s tailgate grill instead of anything else. Along those lines, we bring looks today at Covid data, policy for the University System of Georgia, staying safe in stadium crowds, new markets for Georgia farmers, a plea to remember the victims of another “endless war,” and a look at how to grow our future by making play space…

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Welcome to Mary and, maybe, Good-bye to Golden Ray

WELCOME, MARY! Editors note: This week, full-time environment reporter Mary Landers takes over this newsletter, and that’s good news enough for the day. But, as always, there’s more. HELLO, IT’S ME! For the last six weeks I’ve been estivating. That’s nerd talk for hibernating in the summer. I was resting up after 24 years of reporting at the Savannah Morning News, where I began and ended my job writing about health, including most recently focusing on the pandemic. For almost 20 years…

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Georgia Sets Records, Glynn County

Sunday Reads – Sept. 5 Welcome to September. How did we get here so quickly? Here, of course, is a relative point. Georgia hits a health care milestone While we’d vowed not to permeate this week’s edition with more COVID news, it must be noted that Georgia crossed the 20,000 deaths mark this week. The Georgia Department of Public Health also reminds us that there are likely at least 3,000 more deaths to be attributed to the deadly coronavirus. Dr. Kathleen…

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Glynn Commission and Open Government

Did Glynn commissioners cloak work from public, colleagues? Glynn County’s seven-man Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet later Thursday. It’s the first chance for them to vote on the contract for the controversial candidate backed by a majority of the group to become the county’s new top executive. Yet, The Current has learned that four commissioners – Cap Fendig, Sammy Tostensen, Walter Rafolski and Chairman Wayne Neal – may have flouted Georgia laws that aim to keep the public informed…

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Protections For Okefenokee

BREAKING: JUDGE RESTORES PROTECTIONS FOR OKEFENOKEE SWAMP A U.S. federal judge this week has thrown out the Trump Administration’s rule allowing the draining and filling of streams, marshes and wetlands across America by restoring old definitions of what constitutes a protected waterway.  U.S. District Judge Rosemary Márquez wrote that Trump officials committed serious errors while writing the regulation, finalized last year, and that leaving it in place could lead to “serious environmental harm.”  While this ruling is likely to kick off…

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Correction, Generous Glynn County Contract

Sunday Reads – Aug. 29 It’s been an interesting news week on Coastal Georgia, certainly in Glynn County. Even if you don’t live in Glynn County or care about what goes on there, this week’s news should jar all of us to pay attention to not only those we hire to do the public’s business, but how they are chosen. GLYNN COUNTY MANAGER HUNT TAKES ANOTHER TURN This week, we learned that the Glynn County Commission is planning — again —…

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Generous Glynn County Contract; Animal De-wormer

Sunday Reads It’s been an interesting news week on Coastal Georgia, certainly in Glynn County. Even if you don’t live in Glynn County or care about what goes on there, this week’s news should jar all of us to pay attention to not only those we hire to do the public’s business, but how they are chosen. GLYNN COUNTY MANAGER HUNT TAKES ANOTHER TURN This week, we learned that the Glynn County Commission is planning — again — to hire the…

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Hope for Toxic Infrastructure Funds

WILL CONGRESS SPEED TOXIC SITE CLEANUP? Environmental lobbyists are hoping the Congressional infrastructure bill being hammered out in Washington will include funds to speed the cleanup of toxic sites across the country, including the Superfund sites in Glynn County. Advocates for environmental justice want sites like the former Hercules plant — now Pinova — to be included in President Joe Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion spending plan or the $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal being debated in the House. Historically, federal infrastructure initiatives…

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