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Four complete environmental training
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Four Liberty Countians have taken advantage of environmental training offered by the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest.
The group studied controlling pollution from construction activities. Get the Dirt Out has trained dozens of citizen monitors throughout the state.  
The training, hosted by Ogeechee-Canoochee Riverkeeper, lasted three hours and is limited to small groups because of its intensity and broad topics. The attendees learned how to monitor and assess construction sites for compliance with state, federal and local regulations.
John and Pam Henderson, Sara Swida and Joe Parker Jr. completed the training, passed the test and received certificates.
Henderson is chairman of the Liberty County Commission’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee and Swida is director of Keep Liberty County Beautiful. Parker is a correspondent for the Coastal Courier.
“Dirt is considered the number one pollutant in Georgia’s waterways,” Chandra Brown, riverkeeper and executive director of Ogeechee-Canoochee Riverkeeper, said. “When dirt enters our streams from poorly planned and executed construction activities, it chokes out fish habitat, lowers oxygen levels in our waters, and introduces other pollutants, such as bacteria and heavy metals. The citizens that attended this training now have the resources and information to help ensure that construction activities in their communities are following the law.”
For more information on the Get the Dirt Out program and preventing pollution from construction sites, visit
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