Last year, this year

The Friday Photo
A weekly photo inspired by art, community and spontaneity
July 5, 2013
July 5, 2013

The photo on the left is all that remained of the Ogeechee River last fall.
The photo on the right is the same view taken late yesterday.  

 

About Katherine Helms Cummings

During the day I am a social and environmental activist whose professional work has been in the nonprofit world for the last 12 years. Most nights and weekends I am an artisan making accessories with upcycled cashmere and woven textiles. My handmade items are available at The Sassy Gal http://thesassygal.org
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3 Responses to Last year, this year

  1. Elizabeth Martin says:

    I’m delighted to see that the river now has water! However, I want to know why it is so muddy. From where is the mud coming? What is happening to the area’s topsoil? Where is all that sediment going? Are the EPA restrictions not working? This problem needs to be looked into.

    • Katherine Helms Cummings says:

      The Ogeechee is a black river so even in “normal” conditions it is tea colored. With this current state of flooding, it is changed by the dirt and silt from the river banks it has risen above.

      The real problem with the Ogeechee is the dangerous levels of mercury and other toxins in it. The Ogeechee Riverkeeepr is in court about discharge from King America Finishing. Making sure Plant Washingon never gets built will protect it from coal plant emissions along with eliminating coal ash storage near Williamson Swamp Creek which feeds the river.

  2. Marian Wingo says:

    Wow, Katherine, impressive and such a relief. Thanks for the comparisons.