The Backwater

The Backwater

Glynn County, Georgia is considered to be one of the most polluted zipcodes in the country. But, it is also one of the most heavily-visited tourist areas in the state. One side of Glynn looks like the glossy cover of a Southern travel magazine. The other is a backwater where neighborhood wells are closed due to toxic contamination and chemical companies stand accused by environmental watchdogs of making back-room deals and using bad science to avoid responsibility. Subsistence fishermen put themselves at risk of poisoning in order to keep food on their tables. And commercial fishermen, once an integral part of a thriving seafood economy, are a dying breed. “The Backwater,” is a multimedia examination of industrial negligence in an environmental justice community completed as my Master’s thesis project.