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July 10 - Savannah Riverkeeper to Host Ribbon Cutting for Water Quality Program

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July 10, 2018 - Savannah Riverkeeper and the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce are hosting a ribbon cutting for the local water quality monitoring program on Wednesday, July 11 at 9 a.m. at the boat ramp and Lock & Dam Park in Augusta, GA. The organization will be unveiling site markers at each of the 22 sites in the area that are open for water testing from May through September. Local businesses and organizations who are sponsors of the sites will be recognized, and a ribbon will be cut on the Lock & Dam site marker in honor of the late Leslie Berry Berdon, who was a dedicated volunteer and supporter of Savannah Riverkeeper.

“We are so excited to have this program in operation,” said Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus, “It is important for the public to know whether the places they swim and recreate have clean water. We’re grateful to our community sponsors for making it possible.”

A network of Savannah Riverkeeper volunteers, including through the Veterans for Clean Water program, are conducting water quality testing in the Savannah River Basin to determine whether bacteria levels are safe. Then, they’re communicating results to the public so you can check the status of your local waterway. Users can download the Swim Guide smartphone app, receive mobile alerts by texting “SRKswimguide” to 84483, or access an automated system by phone at 706-510-0036.

“There are several veterans who are contributing to the sampling process and updating results weekly,” said Truck Carlson, program coordinator for Veterans for Clean Water. “They are doing their part to offer this service to the community. And we are still building our network and continuing to recruit volunteers, so we would like to hear from those who want to get involved.”

Those interested in volunteering for Veterans for Clean Water can attend the event or contact Truck Carlson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 706-826-8991. The ribbon cutting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

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