Press Statement: Marshland protections abolished

Press Statement from Steve Caley, Coastal Protection Attorney, GreenLaw:

“The Georgia Environmental Protection Division will no longer protect hundreds of miles and thousands of acres of invaluable salt marsh along Georgia’s entire coast.  Today, the EPD Director announced that the division is reversing a decades-long rule that requires a protective 25-foot buffer between the marsh and development. Georgia’s 300,000 acres of marsh are the envy of the world.  No longer.  The abolition of similar protections in South Carolina were devastating to South Carolina’s coast.  Georgia’s Golden Isles are about to become the Concrete Isles – all in the name of monied over-development.” said Steve Caley, GreenLaw’s Coastal Protection Attorney.


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