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September 2, 2017, The Brunswick News
Jekyll Island Advisory Forum to be re-instituted

“I suggested they initiate the Citizen Advisory Council. One of the things we’ve encouraged is to have a meaningful and formal process through which the public can engage. If the Citizens Resource Council or Advisory Forum results in that public engagement, we will be happy. Having stakeholders that have the public’s interest will help citizens better understand what is happening on the state park property and will also help the Jekyll Island Authority, promulgate trust in the decision they make,” said One Hundred Miles VP of Coastal Conservation Alice Keyes.

August 31, 2017, The Brunswick News
Audit aims to improve student pedestrian routes

“I’d say half of the folks that have signed up at this point don’t even have kids in schools. They’re just community members who recognize that this is a chance to seek some significant improvement,” said Mike Pope, One Hundred Miles Pedestrian Project Coordinator.

August 28, 2017, The Brunswick News
Environmental advocates look to different paths of action

“When a public servant makes a decision to weaken important regulations that protect our clean water and air, the public and the environmental community must work together to minimize and mitigate the effects of the rollbacks,” said OHM’s CEO Megan Desrosiers.

August 22, 2017, The Brunswick News
Construction on new Beach Village hotel expected to start in November

“The public has not had an opportunity to provide feedback on the hotel design. The public has a vested interest in the activity that occurs at this state park,” said Alice Keyes, OHM’s VP of Coastal Conservation, after Jekyll Island Authority’s board meeting.

August 18, 2017, The Darien News
Rep. Buddy Carter Hears Concerns at Darien Town Hall

“I am here to talk about the bigger issue of funding. Particularly, the disproportionate impact that the President’s proposed budget will have on the coastal community. Mapping for flood-prone areas has been abolished, as has the support for people trying to cover the costs for rising flood insurance. The budget eliminates funding for the DNR Coastal Zone Management Program and UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. Those are programs that communities have built amazing partnerships with state and local governments. While the President wants to keep America first, this puts coastal communities last,” said Alice Keyes, OHM’s VP of Coastal Conservation. 

August 7, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Georgia coast may soon be official shorebird stop

“It really is a way to showcase the Georgia coast,” said Alice Miller Keyes, vice president of coastal conservation at One Hundred Miles, which organized the application process. “It can be a real draw for the growing ecotourism and for Georgia as a birding destination.”

July 1, 2017, Golden Isles Magazine
A Rising Tide: A Dozen Organizations are Banding Together to Support Environmental Causes along Georgia’s Coast

“The movement is strategic. We want to show that we are committed to this place,” said OHM’s CEO Megan Desrosiers.

June 28, 2017, Huffington Post
How A Georgia Town Thwarted A Plan To Dump Tons of Toxic Coal Ash

‘To (Dink) NeSmith, a scripture-quoting Southern Baptist, this land is church. He often spends the night on his property in a metal-roofed cabin made of cypress pulled from the swamp and watched over by a stuffed bobcat. One day this spring, NeSmith climbed into a jon boat docked near the cabin, just as the Tupelo trees were about to bloom. He rode along the swamp, leading to the Altamaha and the Atlantic Ocean 40 miles away. Snakes draped from tree branches and white ibises lit up the grey-green canopy. “Why wouldn’t you want to preserve this?” NeSmith wondered.’

June 26, 2017, Tribune & Georgian
Letter to the Editor: Looking Forward to an Ordinance for Cumberland

“The county has a very important role to play in defining reasonable development rights through zoning. Without these rights, a landowner has little incentive to take future construction off the table,” said OHM’s CEO Megan Desrosiers.

June 23, 2017, Effingham Herald
Opinion: Protect Ebenezer Creek – a plea from One Hundred Miles

“The passion that residents brought to the hearing reflects the true value of Ebenezer Creek. Many people in Effingham County live, work, and play on the creek and have done so for generations. These residents have every right to be concerned and deserve straightforward information, transparency, and the opportunity to protect this precious resource for future generations,” said OHM’s Chief of Coastal Advocacy Paulita Bennett-Martin.

June 10, 2017, The Brunswick News
Beach sweep picks up what we’re putting down

“Today we’re celebrating our oceans and Georgia’s coast and the many ways that we all can make a difference,” said OHM’s Education & Outreach Coordinator Kelly Patton.

June 2, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Cumberland Island wrestling with zoning proposal

‘One Hundred Miles emphasized balancing private property rights with the long term conservation goals of the park.’

May 23, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Fans of Ebenezer Creek fear turpentine plant emissions

“We want to make sure to protect this creek the best way that we can,” said Brian Cohen, who lives in Effingham and operates BackWater Expeditions, which offers canoe and kayak tours on the creek. “We’d like to know what protections you’re going to do. How can you replace a cypress tree after you kill one? You can have a tree over a thousand years old.”

May 20, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Seismic surveys, offshore drilling back on the table for Georgia with Trump order

“The decision to deny seismic permits was based on sound science, policy, and public input. One Hundred Miles represents thousands of coastal advocates who stand together to support that decision,” said Alice Keyes, OHM’s Vice President for Coastal Conservation.

May 17, 2017, WTOC-11
Effingham County residents concerned over wastewater permit 

“Our primary concern is the level of uncertainty in the pre-treatment permit. Ebenezer creek is a unique and vastly important blackwater system on our coast. The best interests of the citizens of Springfield and our natural resources must be protected,” said Paulita Bennett-Martin, OHM’s Savannah-based Chief of Coastal Advocacy. 

May 17, 2017, Connect Savannah
Collaborating for the coast

“We each have our own issues and priorities for our communities, but we need to work together to ensure the future. We face unprecedented threats, and we can’t address them as individuals.” said Megan Desrosiers, OHM’s CEO.

May 15, 2017, Savannah Morning News
‘Naturalist 101’ series encourages discovery of Georgia coas

“The focus is hands-on education that connects participants to opportunities to take action. We all get in our daily grind and forget to go outside and get that experience,” said Kelly Patton, OHM’s Membership and Outreach Coordinator.

May 13, 2017, Savannah Morning News
SavArtScene: Confronting environmental issues with ‘Fast Forward:Dystopia’

‘Emergent Savannah will present “Survival in the Age of Plastic” with Paulita Bennett-Martin, Chief of Coastal Advocacy for One Hundred Miles. The goal is to provide as many opportunities as possible for the public to engage with issues relating to the environment and the dire situation we’ve found ourselves in.’

May 10, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Coastal environmental groups push advocacy, common causes with Georgia Coast Collaborative

“What the collaborative effort does and what we hope it will do if it’s successful is raise awareness for and confidence in the work we are all doing. Most importantly, it will inspire others to act to protect the future of this amazing place for generations to come,” said Megan Desrosiers, President and CEO of One Hundred Miles.

May 10, 2017, The Brunswick News
Groups announce collaborative approach to advocacy

“We all share a vision for what our coast can be,” said Alice Keyes, OHM’s VP of Coastal Conservation

May 8, 2017, The Brunswick News
Environmental group offers naturalist courses

“We’ve seen an increase in people wanting to get involved and learn more about coastal issues. This is a way for people to become more knowledgable about our coast. We’re having lectures and field trips, and we’ve partnered with dozens of scientists, green businesses and leaders in the community,” said Kelly Patton, OHM’s Membership and Outreach Coordinator

May 3, 2017, The Brunswick News
Sea turtle nesting season at hand

“We’re looking forward to a busy season. Last year, we blew our nesting record out of the water with 13 nests. It was especially exciting because for the first time, turtles were nesting across our entire beach,” said Catherine Ridley, vice president of education and communications with One Hundred Miles, which helps lead the SSI Sea Turtle Project.

May 2, 2017, Subsea World News
Conservation Groups Intervene in Denial of Seismic Testing in Atlantic

“With a vibrant commercial fishery industry and the only known calving ground for endangered North Atlantic right whales just off our coast, Georgians oppose seismic testing for offshore oil exploration and the risks it poses to our state’s wildlife, wild places, and quality of life. The decision to deny seismic permits was based on sound science, policy, and public input. One Hundred Miles represents thousands of coastal advocates who stand together to support that decision,” said Alice Keyes, vice president for coastal conservation at One Hundred Miles.

May 1, 2017, The Brunswick News
Woman’s club welcomes environmental speaker 

“Public and environmental issues involving Coastal Georgia, such as coal ash, were the topics of the GFWC Brunswick Woman’s Club March meeting. Featured guest speaker, Kelly Patton, One Hundred Miles membership and outreach coordinator, spoke to members about the potential hazards facing Georgia and the coastal area in particular.”

April 29, 2017, The Brunswick News
Committee tables broad Jekyll permit application

“We are very pleased that the SPA committee denied the permit today. JIA is not above the law. So many people love and value Jekyll Island State Park, and it is imperative that the JIA provide details about the practices they implement affecting our public resources,” said Alice Keyes, OHM VP of Coastal Conservation following the meeting.

April 27, 2017, WSAV-3
Environmental groups bracing for possible change from Trump on offshore drilling

“We are disappointed that the President has ignored scientific information and the voices of many coastal communities. This order is a clear message that our marine sanctuaries, our coast, our jobs, and our livelihoods are not valued,” said Alice Keyes OHM’s VP of Coastal Conservation.

April 26, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Keep Cumberland pristine and honor private property rights 

“It is possible to support both conservation and private property rights through responsible zoning. Now is the time for all of us to celebrate the value Cumberland adds to our coast and advocate for sound policies that preserve the island’s past, present, and future for generations to come,” said Megan Desrosiers, OHM’s President and CEO.

April 24, 2017, WTOC-11
Savannahians join March for Science 

“The Trump administration budget cuts would have a significant impact on Georgia’s coast. We here on the Georgia coast rely on science. We rely on it to understand the function of our salt marsh, to protect us from flooding from storm surge. We also rely on science to protect our commercial fisheries and we rely on,” said Megan Desrosiers, OHM President and CEO.

April 19, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Savannah march set to celebrate science, call for change

“Marches. They only work if you have continued effort after them,” said Paulita Bennett-Martin, OHM’s Chief of Coastal Advocacy.

April 10, 2017, DoSavannah
Earth Day March for Science highlights community’s hard work and determination

“But it’s more than arguing budget cuts. It’s about educating the populace. We want to show how this work is incorporated into our daily lives. It shows the hard work and determination of our community. It shows the importance of science. This benefits us all,” said Paulita Bennett- Martin, OHM’s Chief of Coastal Advocacy.

April 10, 2017, The Brunswick News
Withdrawn coal ash permit a win for the coast

“We were proud to be a part of a strong coalition of coastal advocates, including No Ash At All, Altamaha Riverkeeper, Satilla Riverkeeper, the Georgia Water Coalition, The Press-Sentinel, our local representatives and many others. We will continue to fight for the protection of our coastal resources and communities.”

April 5, 2017, Georgia Times Union
Republic Services scuttles plan to bury coal ash at its Wayne County landfill

“I think this is a giant step in the right direction. I am grateful to Republic for its willingness to pull the permit applications, rethink its plans and listen to the community,” said Dink NeSmith, a Wayne County native and publisher of the Jesup Press-Sentinel.

April 3, 2017, Southern Environmental Law Center
Supreme Court decides to move forward with SELC Clean Water Rule case

The brief was filed by SELC on behalf of the Coastal Conservation League and One Hundred Miles, jointly with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation.

April 1, 2017, Savannah Morning News
SavArtScene: One Hundred Miles art show to raise awareness of plastic pollution

“We have this second office in Savannah and we need to respond to where we are. In Savannah, art is part of the culture. It’s part of the place. And if we can communicate about the things we work on somehow with artists, it’s just a different layer to help bring our story to life,” said Paulita Bennett-Martin, OHM’s Savannah-based Chief of Coastal Advocacy.

March 28, 2017, Southern Tides Magazine
One Hundred Miles: To Love and Protect Georgia’s Coast 

“We are so excited about putting down roots in our new Savannah office,”  “The future looks bright with so many opportunities to work with Savannahians who love our 100 miles,” said Paulita Bennett-Martin, OHM’s Savannah-based Chief of Coastal Advocacy.

March 30, 2017, The Brunswick News
St. Simons Elementary students take part in international conservation project

“We are so pleased to have a chance to work with our student artists and our international partners to celebrate the amazing shorebirds that visit Georgia’s coast,” said Alice Keyes, vice president of coastal conservation with One Hundred Miles.

March 28, 2017, The Brunswick News
Shore protection bill placed on ice

“Whether it’s 150 feet, or whether it’s 50 feet or whatever it is, I think we have to come together. Over the next eight months, we all need to learn a lesson and get together before the start of the next legislative session in January,” said Megan Desrosiers, CEO at One Hundred Miles.

March 27, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Shore protection act tabled after it stalls in Senate

“I agree with the decision to sit on the bill for a while. It is important to get the definitions and distances right as changes are considered because the Shore Protection Act is an important tool that protects both humans and nature. I look forward to working with the DNR, scientists, citizens and legislators over the next eight months to come up with a responsible update to the act,” said Megan Desrosiers, CEO of the nonprofit One Hundred Miles and a member of the legislative team of the Georgia Water Coalition, which worked on the bill.

March 22, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Coastal programs face fears of deep budget cuts

“The president has promised to put America first, but the budget he has released really puts our coastal communities last,” said Alice Miller Keyes, vice president of coastal conservation at One Hundred Miles.

March 22, 2017, The Brunswick News
‘Spirited’ fundraiser to benefit environmental nonprofit

“The bigger purpose is celebrating our local restaurants and highlighting the small business community,” Patton said. “They have been so supportive, and a lot of them have a direct relationship with our coast, because that’s what you’ll find on their menu.” – Kelly Patton, OHM’s Membership and Outreach Coordinator

March 15, 2017, Coastal Illustrated
Spartini event returns for second year

“We are excited to partner with so many local restaurants to celebrate coastal Georgia’s unique identity, all while giving back to our 100 miles. If we inspire restaurant patrons to learn more about Georgia’s coast and engage with us thanks to a delicious cocktail or two, then this event will be a huge success.” – Kelly Patton, OHM’s Membership and Outreach Coordinator

March 15, 2017, Southern Environmental Law Center
SELC, partners file U.S. Supreme Court brief to defend Clean Water Rule

‘The brief was filed by SELC on behalf of the Coastal Conservation League and One Hundred Miles, jointly with the National Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation.’

March 15, 2017, Connect Savannah
Keeping a green eye on the coast

“We’re lucky that the Georgia coast remains relatively undeveloped. Let’s get behind the effort to protect what’s ours.” -Paulita Bennett-Martin, OHM’s Chief of Coastal Advocacy

March 4, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Coastal scientists draw a line in the sand after new Shore Protection Act passes House

“What’s being proposed in Georgia is ‘we’re happy if it’s 6-15 years before erosion catches up with it,’” said Robert Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines and professor of coastal geology at Western Carolina University. “It just seems like what it’s doing is guaranteeing you’re going to create more problems in areas where you’ll have to do more coastal protection.”

March 4, 2017, The Brunswick News
JIA sand plan question of efficiency vs. oversight

“While we understand JIA’s interest in simplifying the process of conducting projects that have the potential to enhance natural assets of our beach systems, we are concerned that the wide-scale scope of their request and lack of details for how the projects will be conducted undermines the intent of the Shore Protection Act,” wrote Alice Keyes, VP of Coastal Conservation for One Hundred Miles.

March 3, 2017, WTOC-TV
One Hundred Miles opens Savannah office

“We work a lot on issues like proper development and land use. We worked on the state’s opposition to offshore drilling to make sure we don’t have oil exploration off of our coast.” – Paulita Bennett-Martin, OHM’s Chief of Coastal Advocacy.

February 26, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Bill offers new definition of sand dunes in Georgia

“With this language, almost any type of vegetation would remove a dune from the sand sharing system and make it developable,” said Megan Desrosiers, One Hundred Miles President/CEO.

February 25, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Little Cumberland spaceport promises jobs, threatens islands

“Closures and other restrictions associated with the proposed launch facility will impact the visitor enjoyment and experience for many,” National Park Service Regional Director Stan Austin wrote in a 10-page comment letter in late 2015. “In many cases this may affect once in a lifetime opportunities, months or years of planning, financial obligations, time commitments, and or other commitments. Moreover, some closures/restrictions may occur with little notice and create further, more severe hardship.”

February 18, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Coastal residents lobby for green issues at Capitol

“They need to know who you are and that you came all the way from the coast to talk to them,” said Kelly Patton, One Hundred Miles’ Outreach Coordinator.

February 14, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Bill proposes changes to Shore Protection Act, which could alter the area the state controls

“I think our biggest concern is 25 feet landward of the ordinary high water mark,” said Megan Desrosiers, executive director of One Hundred Miles, which is suggesting a 150-foot setback instead in that situation to prevent structures being built too close to actively eroding spots along the coast. “That 150-foot depth mimics the width of a missing sand dune system, affording some protection to any structures behind it,” she said.

February 3, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Coastal advocates organize bus to visit lawmakers

“It’s so important for us to go. We’re five hours away from the capitol — you’re a little closer there. It’s important for coastal residents to have a voice.” – Kelly Patton, OHM’s Membership and Outreach Coordinator

February 3, 2017, Georgia Times Union
Glynn legislators want new protection for coal ash disposal

“This is pretty popular. There are 44 landfills around this state that currently qualify to receive coal ash and not one of the communities want it,” Neil Herring said.

January 15, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Ossabaw celebrates Sandy West at 104, sea turtles

“Her nomination for the inaugural “One Hundred Miles 100” was one that “kept coming in and in and in. She was the one person from the very beginning of the discussion we had no doubt would be included.” – Catherine Ridley, OHM’s VP of Education and Communications

January 13, 2017, The Golden Isles News
City may call for stricter coal ash regulations 

“By asking our legislators to ensure safeguards are in place at these facilities to prevent contaminants from leaking into our surface and drinking water supplies, the city of Brunswick officials are taking the lead to keep our communities safe.” – Megan Desrosiers, OHM’s President/CEO

January 8, 2017, The Golden Isles News
One Hundred Miles look backs, and forward, in first 100 honorees

“Sometimes you feel that the odds are stacked against us, and the challenges that we face are overwhelming. But, amidst the dark clouds, there are shining stars among us. Those shining stars shine bright both on the dark days and they also shine bright on the sunny days. Their persistence, commitment and success is something that carries all of us forward. I hope and believe that we can make a difference.” – Megan Desrosiers, OHM’s President/CEO

January 7, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Local groups praise feds’ denial of permits for undersea, gas exploration in Atlantic 

“The decision announced today, along with the decision to remove the Atlantic Ocean from the 5-year drilling plans, secures the future of our marine life and Georgia’s coastal communities whose livelihoods depend on healthy oceans.” – Alice Keyes, VP of Coastal Conservation

January 5, 2017, Savannah Morning News
Activists, students, shark lovers welcome at Saturday coastal conference

“It’s cutting through the jargon to focus on citizen advocates. We’re hoping to broaden the tent of what it means to be an advocate. We want people to walk away with the knowledge they have the skills and tools they need to put their projects into action” – Catherine Ridley, VP of Education and Communications

January 4, 2017, Connect Savannah
Special Report from the Georgia Climate Change Conference 

“We know that sea level’s rising,” said Spud Woodward, the matter-of-fact director of the Coastal Resources Division – Georgia DNR. “To not prepare for it is really not a responsible course of action, no matter what your political inclinations.”

January 3, 3017, GPB News
Coastal Conservation in Action

Coastal advocacy organization One Hundred Miles will host the first “Choosing to Lead” conference this Saturday, Jan. 7, on Jekyll Island. Catherine Ridley joined GPB Savannah’s Emily Jones to share more about why they created this conference on coastal conservation in action.

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