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David Kyler, Executive Director
- Exhibit: Wrack & Ruin
Docks, marsh wrack, and threats to healthy tidal marshes
Dock-building along Georgia's coast is commonplace, but harmful consequences are not widely understood. Lengthy walkways
to docks across the marsh can trap enormous volumes of shedded grasses, called "wrack," which is normally swept away by
tidal flow. When dock structures restrict that flow, over time, trapped wrack can smother marsh beneath, destroying it. An exhibit
at UGA's College of Environment & Design, co-sponsored by Center for a Sustainable Coast, resourcefully explains and portrays the serious implications of this problem.
We urge our friends and members to explore the information and images at this web-link and to attend the exhibit at UGA's Circle
Gallery in Athens. 2.17.14
- Center Hosts Forum on the Future of Solar Power in Georgia
On December 1, about fifty people came to the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah to learn about the impressive
opportunities for using solar energy in Georgia. This forum was the latest in a series of public policy discussions hosted by
the Center to advocate a sustainable future.....more 12.11.12
- Center Honored at Savannah Bookstore Event
On Saturday evening, November 17, the Book Lady Bookstore on Liberty Street in Savannah
was packed with enthusiastic lovers of coastal Georgia's environment and artwork that's
inspired by it....more 12.5.12
Center comments on reservoirs and water mismanagement in Georgia, published in the AJC as a guest column - August 17, 2012 11.18.12
- Center legal action defends the public
The Brunswick News
Appeals court sends back shore lawsuit By MICHAEL HALL: A lawsuit filed against the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
is being sent back to Glynn County Superior Court by the Court of Appeals of Georgia.
The suit, filed by the Center for a Sustainable Coast, seeks a declarative judgment and
injunctive relief from the DNR's practice of issuing letters of permission as a means to
approve, without a permit, activities the center claims violate the Shore Assistance Act.
"It is a very strange sort of secretive practice that has been going on," said Jenny Culler,
the attorney representing the center. She said the letters allowed for everything from the
renovation of buildings to the construction of the set for "X-Men: First Class" on Jekyll Island.
To obtain a permit, applicants must adhere to a myriad of requirements and be approved by a Shore Assistance Committee,
composed of the DNR Commissioner and four others. According to the appeals decision written by Chief Judge John Ellington,
the case was sent back to Superior Court because the center's claim for injunctive relief was valid. Culler said no date has been set for further action.
- Southern Environmental Law Center comments on behalf of the Center and other groups in criticizing the Savannah harbor eepening denial
- Our attitude toward the environment -- June 7, 2012, by AJC Opinion
Guest Columnist DAVID KYLER, executive director of the Center for a Sustainable Coast.
Bad choices hurt potential: Contrary to what our leaders would have tax-paying citizens believe, Georgia's competitive economic standing is declining, not benefiting, from dominant state policies and priorities....more. 6.15.12
- "Robin Hood in Reverse: Consumers Bailing Out Georgia Power Stockholders" - Published AJC 4.3.12. As outrageous as it is, most Georgians evidently don't understand ...more. By Guest Columnist DAVID KYLER, executive director of the Center for a Sustainable Coast. 4.12.12
- "Savannah Harbor Deepening" - Published AJC 3.9.12. Funding project is premature, fiscally irresponsible...more. By Guest Columnist DAVID KYLER, executive director of the Center for a Sustainable Coast. 3.28.12
- "Deepening denial"
op-ed published in Connect Savannah,
By Guest Columnist David Kyler, executive director of the Center for a Sustainable Coast. 11.26.11
- CENTER NOMINATES TWO THREATS TO GEORGIA WATER COALITIONÍS DIRTY DOZEN
On November 5, 2011 the Georgia Water Coalition, Georgia's leading water protection group, named its "Dirty Dozen" for 2011, exposing the worst offenses to Georgia's water.
As an organizational member of the Coalition, the Center nominated two of these Dirty Dozen threats to state waters: the proposed Savannah harbor deepening and ongoing mishandling of coastal dock permitting.
These nominations can be seen at
Savannah River and
The Georgia Water Coalition, a consortium of more than 180 conservation and environmental organizations, hunting and fishing groups, businesses, and faith-based organizations representing more than 300,000 Georgians,
announced the list at a celebration marking the Coalition's 10th year of advocating for clean water. The Coalition press release, the Dirty Dozen Report, and Fact Sheets for each threat can be found at:
"Dirty Dozen" 11.10.11