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Since 1997, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has supported the work of Georgia Project WET. Jo Adang and Monica Kilpatrick share the duties of Project WET Coordinator in Georgia, and together they have helped train thousands of educators to reach tens of thousands of students throughout Georgia with comprehensive water education. We asked Jo and Monica to share a little bit about their program and their state.

Georgia's salt marsh estuariesGeorgia's salt marsh estuaries Project WET Foundation (PWF): Tell us about a special water place in Georgia. What makes it unique?

Georgia Project WET (GPW): Our state is dominated by 14 major river basins with a 70,000-mile system of rivers and streams that reaches from the mountains to the sea.  A continental divide down the center of the state splits the drainage between the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Ocean.  Here the rivers empty into a series of coastal estuaries.  It is in these salt marsh estuaries along our very short 100-mile Atlantic coastline that the magic happens. 

Our beautiful Georgia coast meets the Atlantic Ocean along the sandy beaches of its 15 barrier islands known as the Golden Isles. These islands are continually changed by wind, waves, currents, tides and sea level changes. Georgia's salt marsh estuaries lay between the mainland and the islands and are the largest in the continental U.S. aside from Louisiana and are home to the most amazing variety of wildlife and birds to be seen anywhere. We get great pleasure in introducing educators to the value and beauty of the Georgia coast through our programs.

Monica Kilpatrick and Jo Adang on Tybee Island along the Georgia coastMonica and Jo on Tybee Island along the Georgia coast

PWF: Tell us one thing about your Project WET program that makes you proud.

GPW: We are proudest of our WET program’s total commitment to educators and water education.  Our efforts don’t stop at Project WET trainings but encompass the whole spectrum of water education programs through newsletters and our website, state-specific curricula and standards, material loans, EE leadership roles and support of the River of Words program throughout the state.  Even though we are a small office, we know that we have had a huge impact on quality environmental education in Georgia through Project WET.

Georgia Project WET also maintains an active Facebook page.

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