WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Which it remind us how valuable our precious rivers are to us. Because we use that clean water to drink, shower, cooking.etc, So we can live, no water mean their no human life, no wildlife or plants habitat.
The company behind the massive chemical spill that made tap water unsafe for more than 300,000 West Virginians has has filed for bankruptcy, according to documents obtained by The Huffington Post.
According to bankruptcy filings, Freedom Industries, wholly owned by Chemstream Holdings Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday. Freedom Industries owns the storage facility responsible for leaking up to 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (a coal-cleaning chemical also known as crude MCHM) into West Virginia’s Elk River.
Hundreds of thousands of people in nine counties were given orders not to use water for bathing or drinking for days as the company scrambled to clean up, exposing disturbing vulnerabilities in the water supply and a lack of data about hazardous chemicals and where they’re stored. A second site owned by the company was also cited for safety violations shortly after the spill.
A representative for Freedom Industries told HuffPost that the company would not be commenting on the bankruptcy.
Despite the filings, the U.S. attorney’s office in West Virginia told HuffPost that the new development would not have any effect on its ongoing investigation into the leak. Freedom Industries currently owes $3.66 million to its top 20 creditors, including more than $2.4 million in unpaid taxes to the IRS.
January 13th 2014
Statement of American Rivers’ President Bob Irvin:
“We support the communities that depend on the Elk River for their drinking water and call upon all citizens, industry, and state officials to protect this vital resource. The recent spill of coal-processing chemicals into the Elk River, contaminating the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians, brings our reliance on clean, healthy rivers into sharp focus. The Elk River, like all waterways in West Virginia, is designated for use as a source of public drinking water. The Freedom Industries spill clearly shows the importance and need for upholding and enforcing laws that protect clean drinking water and public health. Preventing future spills of this kind is one reason American Rivers advocates for strong legal protections for our rivers provided by laws such as the federal Clean Water Act and related state laws.”This map shows the status of water safety in the Kanawha Valley on January 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm after the chemical spill into the Elk River
About American Rivers
American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.
In the Dec. 13, 2013, Atlanta Business Chronicle article “Bill
could aid Georgia in water case,” Georgia Environmental
Protection Division Director Jud Turner was quoted saying those who
object to his proposed Flint River legislation (SB 213) believe in a
water swap “conspiracy theory.”
The controversial provision in SB 213 would authorize state
investment in “projects to augment stream flows” and
would then authorize the director to prohibit downstream property
owners with permits from withdrawing “augmented” water
(which is undefined). The duration of the prohibition on water
withdrawals is undefined, and the bill is structured to allow
private consulting companies …
Meet at the boat ramp/parking lot on the left just before you get to
Statenville heading east on Hwy 94 at 1:30. Boat launch is at 2. We will
paddle upstream for 30 to 45 min. and then float back down. The river
will likely be up, so it should be a work out.
Jungle-like in its remoteness and luxurious with exotic vegetation,
the dark reddish-brown waters of the Alapaha wind through a swampy
wonderland teeming with wildlife. Signs of habitation are rare along
the river’s course; only a few isolated cabins intrude on the remote
The conflict in North Georgia is a confusing amalgam of the old and
the new, of state and federal laws, of mountains and streams. Its
cast of characters includes landowners and land managers,
bureaucrats and businessmen, environmentalists and adventure seekers
— and lawyers, plenty of lawyers.
And much of it involves a splitting of legal and philosophical hairs
that would make Mother Nature and Uncle Sam cringe.
Nowhere has this tug-of-war played out more dramatically than on
Georgia’s rivers and streams, where the dispute over what is public
and what is private is as murky as the Chattahoochee River after a
There’s a lot more in the article, including this box:
Getting to the water an issue for paddlers, anglers alike
Proposed for the WWALS January 2014 outing:
the river most people know nothing about,
from the convergence of Mud Swamp Creek where Grand Bay Creek forms the border
between Lowndes County and Echols County in Georgia east of Valdosta,
about 14 miles through Echols County between Lake Park and Statenville,
to the Alapaha River in Hamilton County, Florida east of Jennings:
the Alapahoochee River.