South Georgia’s very own Ochlockonee River Basin was a part of a Watershed Study for Thomasville City Schools GATES students. 

Julie Shutters, from Golden Triangle Research Conservation and Development Council in Blakely, Georgia, shared a presentation and a wealth of knowledge to third and fourth grade GATES students at Thomasville’s Center for the Arts. Julie Murphree of Keep Thomas County Beautiful was instrumental in helping to plan the presentation and was also in attendance.  

Along with learning about how watersheds affect our animal and plant life, students learned ways to help keep water clean in the environment. Shutters set up her EnviroScape Model for students to see the various land elevations, how water flows through the city and country areas, and the importance of buffers to block pollution. 

With the Ochlockonee River, which runs through Thomas County, being one of 14 river basins in Georgia, students now have a better understanding and appreciation for taking care of the environment right here at home.


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