The Savannah River Group
Serving Augusta since 1981
The Savannah River Group started in 1981 and over the years has focused most of their conservation activities on Savannah River issues. In the 1980s, the SRG members were interveners against the City of Augusta when they tried to secure a permit from FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) to build a hydro project on the Augusta Canal. Had it been approved, it would have had drastic effects on the last remaining shoals in the Savannah River.
Currently, the SRG supports the activities of the Savannah Riverkeeper and participates in Adopt-A-Stream. At their monthly meetings SRG members frequently feature environmental issues such as programs on both national and local problems: mountaintop coal removal, support of local markets, and the World-Wide 350 Rally. Annually, the SRG participates in the Rivers Alive waterways trash pickup, and for many years have picked up trash in the Adopt-A-Highway program. Several members have also testified against the construction of additional units at nuclear Plant Vogtle south of Augusta.
In 2007, the SRG funded one of their members, Denice Traina, to get training for becoming a bee-keeper. She combined this with community gardening and attracted a lot of attention both locally and state-wide. To practice what they preach, the SRG serves organic refreshments at their monthly meetings.
In the future the Savannah River Group hopes to continue their current activities and to revitalize its Outings program. They do several yearly hikes to local protected areas but would like to do more and to especially organize some family camping weekends at nearby Mistletoe State Park.
The SRG meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the meeting room of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Augusta. [Map]
Please join us to be involved!