Ogeechee Riverkeeper


Damon Mullis
[email protected]
866.942.6222 x11

The river system drains over 5,000 square miles of land. The Ogeechee River watershed includes 4 sub-watersheds: Upper Ogeechee, Lower Ogeechee, Ogeechee Coastal and the Canoochee watersheds. The freshwater streams in this river system are known as blackwater streams due to their dark, tea-colored water. The tannins from the swamps that stain the water also make it more acidic than other streams. This acidity reduces the amount of vegetation that can grow naturally in the rivers, and also affects the mercury uptake by fish. Ogeechee Riverkeeper works on all of the streams flowing out to Ossabaw Sound and St. Catherine’s Sound

Damon grew up in rural south Georgia where he spent his free time outdoors fishing and exploring local rivers and streams. His time in the great outdoors led to an appreciation of the natural world and a passion for understanding how it works, a quest that led him to Georgia Southern University where he earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Biology. His research has focused on how physical and chemical changes in freshwater ecosystems affect their biological communities with projects, including studies on the connectivity between rivers and floodplains, the effects of beaver dams on freshwater invertebrate communities, secondary production of macroinvertebrates, nutrient monitoring, and water quality monitoring in rivers and streams. Before pursuing a career in science, Damon managed smallbusinesses for over 13 years. When time permits, the Mullis clan, which also includes his wife, daughter,and two rambunctious canines, enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, birding, camping, and just generally beingoutside.


785 King George Blvd, Suite 102
Savannah, Georgia 31419