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Water Quality

Quality is Key

Our goal is to raise awareness of local and global water quality issues and to promote stewardship among school-aged children and the general public.

MAREX strives to be an education and outreach leader in coastal Georgia, providing information and resources to help simplify complicated issues.

The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service monitors water quality in Georgia’s rivers and estuaries in collaboration with Riverkeeper® organizations, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources / Coastal Resources Division, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, the National Park Service and college professors in Georgia.

Education and outreach are important aspects of our water quality program as we develop programs for local schools and colleges and partner with organizations such as Georgia Sea Grant, the Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

Focus areas, highlighted at regional festivals and other organized events, include:

  • plastic debris in the oceans
  • coastal area septic systems
  • environmental contaminants from industrial pollution
Sapelo Island's estuary is monitored by MAREX to research the levels of certain nutrients and organisms.

Sapelo Island's estuary is monitored by MAREX to research the levels of certain nutrients and organisms.

Testing water for contaminants and debris helps protect both humans and wildlife from harm.

Testing water for contaminants and debris helps protect both humans and wildlife from harm.

Sapelo Island's estuary is monitored by MAREX to research the levels of certain nutrients and organisms.
Testing water for contaminants and debris helps protect both humans and wildlife from harm.

Contacts

Katy Smith

Water Quality Program Coordinator, Brunswick Station
Email: klaustin@uga.edu
Phone: 912-262-3338