Hyrdic soil classifications shouldn't be challenged
According to The Brunswick News, county officials were alarmed that much of the land in western Glynn County contains hydric soil and is not suitable for development. Thus, they may request that our U.S. House and Senate representatives attempt to change U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydric soil regulations.

This would be a mistake.

Soil is  hydric  if it is naturally saturated long enough during the growing season to grow water-loving plants. Although not suitable for development, land with hydric soil has benefitted our county's economy for decades. According to UGA, 40 percent of the land in Glynn County is used for timber production - 95 percent of which is owned by private timber companies. This working forestland is regularly harvested and much of it feeds mills that provide thousands of jobs in Glynn County.

Rather than worry about land that isn't developable, our leaders should take stock of land that is and direct growth to those places. For example, Glynn County has approved thousands of new homes for construction that have not been built. These new developments should come online before more remote sites are approved.

The discovery of hydric soil in Glynn County is not a crisis - it is an opportunity. We must acknowledge and support the existing industrial uses of the land in western Glynn County and work together to create and implement plans that channel development to parts of the county with sufficient infrastructure (and soil) to support it.

Megan Desrosiers

Executive Director

One Hundred Miles


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