Savannah Riverkeeper is teaming up with Sweetwater Brewing Company for a leisurely family-friendly paddle at Lazaretto Creek to celebrate the end of the Save our Water campaign.
During the yearlong effort, Savannah Riverkeeper has raised funds and produced events to honor the waterways and remind locals of the importance of preservation.
"I think people get disconnected from the river. It's not just a working harbor; this is where our water comes from," said outreach coordinator Jacob Oblander. "This is our drinking source and we want to make sure we're protecting it."
Oblander added that Sweetwater Brewing Company was a fitting partnership.
"Simply put, you need good water to make good beer," he said. "So we are doing what we can to make sure of that."
Additionally, Oblander and the organization wanted to highlight the recreation opportunities of the water. The upcoming paddle was a way to show off what's available in Georgia's own backyard.
"It's amazing how quickly this area can turn wild when you leave the city," said Oblander. "This is where we live. This river belongs to everyone. Let's explore."
Participants will paddle with the tide in and out of the creek on kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. Inner tubes are not allowed, as the current is too strong.
There is a limit of two people per canoe or kayak, and all boats will be inspected for safety. Life jackets and whistles are a must for those participating. It is also advised to bring plenty of drinking water. If you do not have your own boat or floatation device, Savannah Canoe and Kayak and North Island Surf and Kayak are convenient places to rent for the event.
Registration is required to join the paddle. The group will meet at Bubba Gumbo's Seafood Restaurant beginning at 11 a.m. Post-paddle partying continues at the restaurant including a raffle drawing at 3 p.m. for a kayak donated by Sweetwater Brewing Company.
And while the event is destined to be a good time, it's important to remember why folks are coming together.
"It's about education," said Oblander. "Protecting our water source is not an option, it's a necessity."
IF YOU GO
What: Save Our Water Savannah Paddle
When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26
Where: Bubba Gumbo's Seafood Restaurant, 1 Old Tybee Road, Tybee Island
Cost: $20, paddle participant (includes raffle ticket), after party free with option to purchase $5 raffle tickets