- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Conservation groups expect nearly 400 people for a weeklong trip by canoe and kayak along the Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia.

The Paddle Georgia 2015 excursion was scheduled start Saturday near Statesboro. Paddlers will spend the next seven days touring 95 miles of the river, ending up in Savannah next Friday.

Money raised by the trip will go to two conservation groups - the Georgia River Network and Ogeechee Riverkeeper.

Organizers say the trip comes four years after an estimated 38,000 fish died in the Ogeechee River. Regulators traced the cause to discharges from a textile mill on the river.

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