Ogeechee Riverkeeper


Simona Perry
[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

Simona Perry, a Savannah native, earned her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, her master’s in Marine Policy from the University of Washington, and her doctorate in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before returning home to Savannah, Perry worked seven years as a marine fisheries biologist with NOAA, three years as director of an environmental education non-profit, and twelve years studying and writing about the cultural and political ecology of various rivers in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New York. Before being named Riverkeeper and Executive Director in 2017, Perry led ORK’s Oral History Project in 2016


202 W. 44th St. Savannah, GA 31405
Savannah, Georgia 31416