The 137-mile Altamaha River is one of the great natural treasures of the eastern United States. The river starts at the confluence of the Ocmulgee and the Oconee Rivers near Lumber City, and flows undammed to the Atlantic Ocean near Darien. It pumps an average of 100,000 gallons of fresh water into the sea every second, making it the largest contributor of fresh water along the southern Atlantic coast. This coastal plain river also brings tremendous sediment load from its headwaters in the piedmont, adding additional nutrients to barrier islands. Without this input of sediment, there might not be golden isles on Georgia’s coast. The Altamaha Coastkeeper is responsible for keeping watch over a third of Georgia’s coastline from the South Newport River to Turtle River.
Sue Inman grew up on the border of Minnesota and South Dakota in the land of 10,000 lakes and the start of the Mississippi waterfowl flyway. She graduated South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology, solidifying her passion for protecting and supporting wildlife with a focus on various avian species. She followed this passion around the country before landing in coastal Georgia, where she worked on the pristine islands’ biology programs in the American Oystercatcher program and met Altamaha Riverkeeper, Jen Hilburn. In 2018, Sue began working as Altamaha Riverkeeper’s Communications Director, and in Spring 2019 she was hired for the role of Altamaha Coastkeeper. As Altamaha Coastkeeper, Sue identifies and addresses coastal pollution, teaches citizen science and organizes her coastal community, and builds relationships with traditional and non-traditional partners in order to protect the Altamaha Coast.
P.O. Box 4122
Macon, Georgia 31208