On Sept. 7, Alexandra Cousteau brought her internationally acclaimed team of explorers to the Georgia coast. Alexandra’s Expedition Blue Planet Team answered questions at Savannah Country Day School about their research on fresh water sources and water quality levels, river and coastal health, and water pollution in backyards as well as oceans.
Ogeechee Riverkeeper Chandra Brown talked with Cousteau about the importance of monitoring rivers for mercury, sewage and bacteria. "Alexandra and her Expedition Blue Planet Team are busy traveling around North America, and yet stopped in Savannah to educate and encourage," Brown said.
Mike Neal, of Bull River Cruises, took Cousteau, her mother Jan Cousteau and several guests on a boat tour of the Ogeechee River, which was their first visit to a blackwater river system.
Cousteau also showed video footage of some of her team’s discoveries on the Colorado River and participated in a question and answer session with students.
"Ogeechee Riverkeeper is proud to host such inspiring speakers and field researchers. Their work is extremely important in helping us understand how we can improve our conservation efforts here in our own backyards and in our own river basin so that it helps the entire planet," program director Dianna Wedincamp said.
Cousteau and her team are touring the country in a biodiesel bus to document water issues and spread the word about water conservation.