Karen Grainey – Clean Coast Georgia

June 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
St. Peters Church
3 W Ridge Rd
Savannah, GA 31411

Volunteers working for Litter-Free Beaches will be featured at the CCA of Skidaway’s June meeting and seminar to be held on Monday, June 12, at St. Peter’s Church beginning at 7:00 pm.  Karen Grainey, President of Clean Coast, will share the facts about the far-reaching effects that plastic debris, the man-made blight, is having on our coastal waters.

Ubiquitous marine debris washes up on even the most remote beaches of the world, and Georgia’s extensive salt marshes and uninhabited barrier islands are no exception.  Clean Coast is a volunteer-run non-profit which organizes clean-ups on the Georgia coast, ferrying volunteers to some of these remote locations to remove the unsightly and unhealthy waste.  Clean Coast is dedicated to this effort not only because the trash is ugly, but also because it is deadly to the wildlife that ingests debris or becomes entangled.  More is also being discovered about how our plastic discards are potentially harmful even to us humans.

Clean Coast has been active for over twenty-five years and has collected tons of trash from area beaches and marshes.  It is estimated that Clean Coast volunteers pick up an average 800 to 1,000 lbs. of trash per clean-up, scheduling at least one outing each month.  Members and non-members are all invited to participate.  See the group’s web site www.cleancoast.org for more information.

Wilderness Southeast reports that Karen Grainey has worked tirelessly to keep Georgia’s beaches, marshes, and waterways clean, both of trash and less visible pollution.  A Georgia Master Naturalist, she leads groups to delightful discoveries while paddling or motoring through the wondrous wetlands of coastal Georgia.  An active volunteer with Georgia Adopt-A-Stream and Clean Coast, serving as president off and on since 2000, plus several advocacy organizations, Karen and husband Philip received the 2002 statewide Environmental Education Award for Extraordinary Volunteer Watershed Effort.  Her enthusiasm and passion to explore are contagious, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge of and concern for our unique coastal habitats.

The CCA’s June raffle prize will be a 4-hour trip on Captain Jack McGowan’s fishing boat.

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