The Ogeechee River and its major tributary the Canoochee River are two of Georgia’s natural gems. These beautiful blackwater rivers flow freely through eastern Georgia, draining a 5,540 square-mile basin that encompasses wetlands, forests, farms, and scores of towns and cities, including Statesboro and Savannah.
Within that basin, hundreds of thousands of Georgians rely on the rivers, their tributaries, and underlying aquifers for drinking water. The Ogeechee and Canoochee rivers also support a diversity of wildlife, offer many opportunities for recreation, supply water for agricultural and industrial uses, and carry off wastewater. In short, these rivers are perhaps the most distinctive natural features in the region and certainly among its most important natural resources.
Some have called the Ogeechee and Canoochee rivers “enchanting,” “intimate, beautiful, and serene,” and even “pristine.” And yet due to increasing pressures from agribusiness, animal processing operations, population growth, and water withdrawals, both rivers have undergone drastic changes in water quality and are facing serious ecological decline.
To reverse this trend, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper was formed. Our mission is to protect, preserve and improve the water quality of the Ogeechee River basin. In pursuit of these goals, we strive to amplify the voices of concerned citizens and to strengthen their efforts to protect their rivers and their communities. By raising awareness and aggressively responding to critical issues with the commitment and support of this dedicated citizen network, Ogeechee Riverkeeeper is an advocate for the Ogeechee River basin and its people.
All those associated with Ogeechee Riverkeeper – board, staff, supporters, and partners – envision an organization founded on constant vigilance, responsiveness, community engagement, and effective advocacy. In keeping with these principles . . .
Our byword is ACTION.
Our focus is on RESULTS.
Our aspiration is to EXCELLENCE.
Ogeechee Riverkeeper exists for the Ogeechee, Canoochee, and coastal rivers, not the other way around. Accordingly, we measure our success not by totals of dues-paying members, dollars raised, or awards and recognitions, but by the quality of the water in the basin and the commitment of its citizens to protecting, preserving, and improving it.
A hard-working, effective organization for the waters and people of the Ogeechee River basin: that is the vision for Ogeechee Riverkeeper.