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 Coal Ash Legal Fund
  • Coal Ash Legal Fund established to oppose disposal of toxic coal ash along the Altamaha River near Jesup. We have partnered with local residents of Wayne County to campaign against high-risk dumping of potentially millions of tons of cancer-causing coal ash. Learn more at www.noashatall.org. The Center is administering the legal fund at no cost and has shared our own funds to get the campaign started. September 25, 2016
 Coal Ash Disposal
 Energy & Climate Change Policy
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 Coastal Management
    Marshes, Shorelines, and Waterways
  • Shore bill deserves study...more LTE Macon Telegraph 2.17.17
  • Opinion Article: Widespread problems of environmental negligence Oct. 2016
  • Letter to DNR Regarding Buffer Rules & Practices 2.6.16
  • Help Restore Georgia's Marsh Buffer!
    Please sign this petition! And ask your friends and colleagues to follow your example. 6.13.14
  • 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


  • Letter to the Editor of The Brunswick News By David Kyler. Editor: I am troubled that the Jekyll Island Authority is proposing to include any portion of the tidal marsh as part of the calculated area of upland on Jekyll Island... more. 4.17.13
  • Steps should be taken for agreement. For years, the Center for a Sustainable Coast has been wrestling with EPD over marsh-buffer protection - in court and on the ground....more.The Brunswick News Letter to the Editor 3.20.13
  • In late October, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources approved a temporary but significant disruption of a 4.5 acre site along the ocean shore at Jekyll Island State Park without issuing a permit, as required by the state Shore Protection Act... Atlanta Journal Constitution December 23, 2010 by David Kyler, Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast ... more 12.27.10
  • Statement Supporting the Tybee Island Shore Protection Ordinance Protection of the dune field is essential to retaining a fully functional sand-sharing system that supports the natural movement of sand......more 10.9.08
  • Center & Executive Director Honored by Common Cause Georgia 5.22.08
  • Comments regarding the proposed rules for issuing marsh buffer variances To DNR Board and Staff from David Kyler, Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast May 10, 2007: For the same reason that we are compelled to closely monitor many decisions made by the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee, we are concerned that rules being proposed for issuing variances under that Coastal Marshlands Protection Act will lack sufficient analysis and monitoring to ensure protection of the public interest...more     5.17.07
  • Center Comments on Proposed DNR Marsh Rules, January 9, 2007 by David Kyler, Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast; 1. The proposed rules weaken current legal interpretation of the Marsh Act by attempting to circumvent and contradict the findings in case law decisions issued over the past several years by three different judges....more     1.12.07
  • Coastal Growth Steady, But Adverse Impacts Compounding by David Kyler, Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast, published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ("Plant the seeds for viable coastal future') on December 29, 2006 and in the Bryan County News (entitled as posted here) on January 4, 2007: Recent population projections for the Georgia coast issued by Georgia Tech say nothing new. We're growing at almost 20 percent a decade, meaning a near doubling every 35 years....more     1.12.07
  • Cumberland Harbour Guest Editorial January 6, 2006; To the Editorial Board, The Brunswick News Re. Cumberland Harbour Project, St. Marys; Dear Sirs: Over the last few years the editors of the Brunswick News have been the first to advise why we as citizens of Coastal Georgia should be good stewards of the abundant natural resources with which we are blessed. They have strived to strike a balance between economic development and environmental protection. It was therefore alarming to read their editorial claiming simply that the marinas proposed as a part of the Cumberland Harbour development in Camden County would benefit many......more     1.12.06
  • Soil erosion a continuing threat to coastal waterways, fishing, and jobs Despite state regulations meant to control soil erosion, stormwater runoff remains a major form of water contamination in Georgia. Past regulation efforts have been erratically enforced and commonly violated. A 2002 performance audit of Georgia's Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Program by the state auditor found numerous administrative, technical, and political obstacles that resulted in failure to prevent water pollution caused by erosion......more     1.12.06
  • SELC challenges Satilla River Landing development
    project - again:
    For the second time, SELC and our coastal partner groups are challenging a proposed marina and subdivision development that threatens to increase pollution in the already stressed Satilla River.....more
        9.19.05
  • Sonlight Enterprises and Georgia Wetlands - SELC leads fight to protect Georgia’s Wetlands - National and state environmental groups, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center are threatening to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect 112 acres of wetlands near Savannah over the Corps' determination that the wetlands on Sonlight Enterprises proposed "The Heritage" development are "isolated" and therefore not protected by the federal Clean Water Act....more     9.19.05
  • Poster for Labor Day Event Sept. 5, 2005 pdf file
    "Wave Goodbye to Summer, Not Our Healthy Shorelines"   9.8.05
  • Setting the Record Straight on Marsh Permit Appeals
    By David Kyler, Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast   1.14.05
  • Coastal Conservationists Challenge State on Marsh Development Permit
    Southern Environmental Law Center Press Release 12/9/04   12.11.04
  • Cumberland Harbour Letter to the City of St. Marys - August 20, 2004
    By David Kyler, Executive Director Center for a Sustainable Coast
        10.9.04
  • Wilmington Plantation Marina Project Letter to the Corps of Engineers - August 20, 2004
    By David Kyler, Executive Director Center for a Sustainable Coast
        10.9.04
  • Satilla River Landing Project Letter to Coastal Resources Division - April 28, 2004
    By David Kyler, Executive Director Center for a Sustainable Coast
        10.9.04
  • Comments on the Dover Bluff Project Little Satilla River, Camden County
    By David Kyler, Executive Director Center for a Sustainable Coast
        10.9.04
  • Center Comments on Coastal Permitting
    By David Kyler, Executive Director Center for a Sustainable Coast     8.5.04
  • Statement on Terra Firma Buffer Variance
    By David Kyler, Executive Director Center for a Sustainable Coast     5.12.04
  • Cumberland Harbour Project Final Comments April 16, 2004
    by David Kyler, Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast     4.28.04
  • Comments on the Gray's Reef Management Plan
    Presented by David Kyler, Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast
    December 2, 2003
        4.28.04
  • State of the Coast Report: Executive Summary
    Achieving Healthy Coastal Communities, a Thriving Economy & Environmental Quality
    by David Kyler, Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast     4.28.04
  • Coastal Stewardship
    As an active member of the Coastal Advisory Council, the Georgia Environmental Council, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Stakeholder Evaluation Group, the Glynn County Water Resources Management Advisory Committee, and the Coastal Georgia Greenway Steering Committee, Center staff is promoting stewardship of our natural resources by raising public awareness about vital ecosystem functions, their value to coastal communities, and their importance to existing and future nature-based businesses and jobs.
  • Coastal Advisory Council Initiatives
    Met with members of the Coastal Advisory Council and staff of the Coastal Resources Division (DNR) to discuss how the program's Coastal Advisory Council (CAC) could become more effective and what their role might be. We proposed steps and criteria for strengthening the program through active council participation. Center staff presented recommendations of the Coastal Advisory Council Steering Committee at an annual meeting for the Council hosted by the Coastal Resources Division of DNR. The Center played a leading role in shaping the future functions of the Council, which will unquestionably enhance the program's effectiveness.
  • See "Defining Sustainability"
  • Also "Is A Sustainable Coast Possible?" Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  • "Priorities for making coastal Georgia more sustainable".
  • Nature-Based Business
  • Marine Aquaculture Potential in Georgia
  • Center Comments on Decline in Fishery Resources
  • Coastal Georgia Greenway: Project Update
  • Coastal Fisheries and Water Permitting Issues in the Lower Altamaha and other Coastal Rivers
  • A National Strategy to Restore Coastal and Estuarine Habitat     7.9.02
    The purpose of "A National Strategy" is to provide a framework for restoring function to coastal and estuarine habitat. It seeks to ensure that restoration priorities are established, diverse programs are coordinated to maximize benefits, and public expectations are both established and met. Restore America's Estuaries worked closely with scientists, community leaders, nongovernmental organizations and representatives of government at all levels to develop this strategy.
    "A National Strategy" is available in print, on the web in PDF, and as an interactive CD-ROM. To request a printed copy or the interactive CD-ROM, please contact Restore America's Estuaries at info@estuaries.org with your name, affiliation, mailing address and phone number.
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 Jekyll Redevelopment Issues
  • FINAL Comments on the Jekyll Island Master Plan October 2013 10.30.13
  • Map erroneously portrays flooded tidal marshes as land.
    Jekyll map depicting artificially inflated boundary that erroneously classifies tidal wetlands as "land above water at mean high tide." If this deeply flawed boundary definition is accepted, nearly 500 more acres on Jekyll will be made eligible for development by falsely boosting the 35% limit set by state law. Aerial photos show that much of the area depicted on this map as tidal marsh above water at mean high tide is actually water-covered at that time, thus clearly disqualifying it from being counted as "land," in accordance with requirements of the 65-35 statute. 10.22.13
  • Letter to the Editor of The Brunswick News By David Kyler. Editor: I am troubled that the Jekyll Island Authority is proposing to include any portion of the tidal marsh as part of the calculated area of upland on Jekyll Island... more. 4.17.13
  • In late October, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources approved a temporary but significant disruption of a 4.5 acre site along the ocean shore at Jekyll Island State Park without issuing a permit, as required by the state Shore Protection Act... Atlanta Journal Constitution December 23, 2010 by David Kyler, Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast ... more 1.28.11
  • On Jekyll Island, 4.5 acres of beach and dunefield are being altered with heavy equipment for making a 20th Century Fox movie. Despite these areas being regulated under Georgia's Shore Protection Act, DNR approved it with a "letter of permission" and no permit was issued. As a result, no public hearing was held and there was no opportunity for the public to comment before heavy equipment began moving tons of sand. For more about this issue, including photos, go to www.savejekyllisland.org. Look for the item entitled "The X-Men Film and Jekyll's Beachfront." For postings on the issue, go to the Save Jekyll Facebook page, also linked from that homepage. ~ David Kyler, Center for a Sustainable Coast 12.24.10
  • Jekyll Island - MAJOR ACTION ALERT! Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island ... more     9.2.10
  • "Tail wags, dog stays" Op Ed from the Savannah Morning News by David Kyler, Executive Director Center for a Sustainable Coast     10.15.08
  • Jekyll Island: How Much is Too Much? Center's summary of the current situation with Jekyll Island Redevelopment, from the Spring-Summer 2008 issue of the Center's newsletter.
    [Note: To receive a copy of the newsletter by mail or email, please contact the Center at 912-638-3612.]     7.12.08

  • Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island The non-profit organization that we are working closely with in analyzing and commenting on Jekyll Island Authority activities and proposed development of the state park. 7.12.08
  • A Walk Through Jekyll's Maritime Forest, A web-based slide show hosted by the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island. 7.12.08
  • Information on the relationship between Georgia's Shore Protection Act and proposals to redevelop Jekyll Island. 7.12.08
  • Jekyll Project Still Falls Short by David Kyler, Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast; Link to the Savannah News Article     5.22.08
  • Natural treasure must be protected From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by David Kyler, Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast; From news coverage of the redevelopment plan for Jekyll Island, you might get the uneasy impression that the major makeover project is nearly ready for the surveyors and construction crews to start working....more     12.10.07
  • Jekyll Island Redevelopment Survey: In late July, the Center began conducting a brief survey of collaborating non-profit groups to determine:
    (1) their preferences for the Island's redevelopment,
    (2) ideas for establishing a process for overseeing that redevelopment, and
    (3) how the public interest could be protected by using proper tracking and ongoing evaluation.
    A compilation of survey responses and their respective sources is reported here.
        10.5.07
  • Jekyll Island redevelopment a question of balance From the Athens Banner-Herald by David Kyler, Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast; Contrary to popular belief, the clash over Georgia's Jekyll Island is not about altering the existing agreement to develop only 35 percent of its area - it's about how that 35 percent will be redeveloped.....more     3.17.07
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