Our Issues:What You Need to Know
One Hundred Miles staff and advocates are dedicated to protecting our coastal resources and maintaining our quality of life. With your help, we are working on issues affecting our land, wildlife, water and wetlands, and changing coastline.
Stay up-to-date on the issues that matter most to you and your family – check back often for the latest developments spanning our 100 miles.
While our President has promised to keep “America First”, his recommended “budget blueprint”, released on March 15, 2017, puts coastal communities LAST. The federal budget is intended to reflect the values and priorities of the American people, but this proposal only increases risks to the security of coastal homes, coastal jobs and coastal communities.
The budget blueprint proposes drastic cut to non-defense related programs upon which coastal Georgians depend.
Legislative Session 2017-2018
Georgia’s legislature is now in session, and the One Hundred Miles team is on the scene in Atlanta. From now until March 30, we’re working side-by-side with our partners and legislators to advocate for our treasured coast at the Statehouse.
This year, One Hundred Miles is helping to …
- Pass a bill that protects Georgia’s ground and surface water from coal ash contamination
- Pass a bill that ensures all our state’s rivers and streams are protected by a buffer.
- Advocate for new language that improves the Shore Protection Act
- Ensure a dangerous bill backed by the petroleum industry (which would prevent local governments from having the power to ban plastic bags in their own communities) does not get introduced and passed. Stay up-to-date with our efforts on the ground in the Capitol.
WSHRN Designation – One Hundred Miles is proud to be a member of the Georgia Shorebird Alliance, a partnership between governments, researchers, NGO, and private citizens committed to advancing shorebird and seabird conservation. The Shorebird Alliance is nominating Georgia’s barrier islands and marshlands to be designated a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) “landscape of hemispheric importance for shorebirds.” Our role is to coordinate the outreach around this important effort to bring attention to the significance of the Georgia coast as critical wintering and foraging habitat for migrating shorebirds. This designation would bring increased awareness to our region, promote our nature based economy and also bring international funding opportunities for conservation and research to our coast.
Coal Ash on the Coast – In February 2016, Central Virginia Properties, Spartanburg, SC waste company, announced plans to fill nearly 25 acres of wetlands to construct a rail yard in Wayne County near Screven, Georgia.
According to the United States Army Corps of Engineers permit application to alter the wetlands, the applicant expects the rail yard to accommodate “100+ rail cars” bringing materials for transfer to the nearby Broadhurst Landfill. The company expects that many of these rail cars will carry 10,000 tons of incoming toxic coal ash every day.
Spaceport Camden – Earlier this year, Camden County signed a land-use agreement giving them the option of purchasing a 4,000-acre parcel located at the end of Harriett’s Bluff Road. The county argues that this use of public funding will kickstart the development of Spaceport Camden, a private, vertical rocket launch site and supporting industrial complex.
Although the idea of a Spaceport is exciting, taxpayers in Camden County must remain informed about the project’s potential negative impacts on our environment, fiscal resources, and nearby coastal communities. One Hundred Miles is concerned about how this project will affect our quality of life on the Georgia coast. Learn more about the effects of the proposed Spaceport and how you can take action.
Offshore Drilling – In November 2016, the federal government released a final 5-year plan for the US offshore oil and gas development. Thanks to the amazing efforts of our ocean advocates, the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean were excluded from the plan!
Following a March 2016 victory for the Southeast U.S., in November 2016, the federal government released a final 5-year plan offshore energy plan that excluded both the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean from the potential for oil and gas drilling.
We are proud of our collaborative victory against Offshore Drilling off the Southeastern coast; however, we must remain ever vigilant as seismic testing is still a threat to our coast.
Proposed Sea Island Groin – Sea Island Acquisition has applied for a permit to build a new 1,200 foot groin on the south end of Sea Island. The groin will disrupt important sea turtle and shorebird habitat and have the potential to increase southern erosion in Gould’s Inlet and on St. Simons Island’s East Beach.
In December 2015, despite significant community concerns, members of the Department of Natural Resources Coastal Marshland and Shore Protection Committee authorized Sea Island Acquisitions’s construction of a new groin on the south end of Sea Island. This groin is proposed to accommodate the newly planned Sea Island Reserve development.
One Hundred Miles opposes this permit application and is continuing to work with and engage local citizens to speak out against it. We are concerned that the proposed groin and beach renourishment will negatively impact threatened and endangered sea turtles on the south end of Sea Island. Additionally, the project stands to increase erosion on St. Simons’ East Beach and will set a dangerous precedent for our entire coast.
We need your help to take action. Learn more and make your voice heard on this important matter.