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.
Drilling under the Withlacoochee River could have catastrophic
effects, a landowner near the Withlacoochee River in Hamilton County,
Florida reminds us.
Chris Mericle is also a
WWALS board member.
Intervenor is a resident of Hamilton County, Florida and lives near
the Proposed Sabal Trail Route where it crosses the Withlacoochee
River. As such, I am concerned about the adverse and potentially
catastrophic effects that the construction and operation of a 36”
diameter gas pipeline will have on Fresh Water Resources including
Springs and the Floridan Aquifer.
Last in before FERC closed 5PM Wednesday for the holidays was
local geologist Don Thieme, commenting about our Withlacoochee
River and the fragile karst limestone that underlies it, among other concerns.
It’s likely that FERC will continue accepting comments and motions
to intervene after yesterday’s deadline.
Filed with FERC 24 December 2014 as
Accession Number: 20141224-5109
“Comment of Donald M. Thieme in Docket(s)/Project(s) CP15-17-000 Submission Date: 12/24/2014”,
Donald M. Thieme, Valdosta, GA.
As a local resident and head of household in Lowndes County, I have
concerns about the rights of landowners to continue agriculture and
other economically productive uses which may be incompatible with
the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline. I have also heard many concerns
voiced regarding loss of property value, particularly where new pipe
may be laid on land which presently has no existing line. As a
professional geologist, however, Continue reading →
This legal action should reserve the right of WWALS to participate
in legal hearings, file briefs on legal actions by others, or even
to bring legal action.
In addition to all the county and city resolutions listed here,
Hamilton County, Florida also just moved to intervene.
The rivers may be the same, but technology and the cast of characters have changed,
as indicated by this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list from the 1970s.
The acronym FAQ hadn’t been invented yet, for that matter.
This Canoe Trail FAQ is courtesy of John Leonard, Executive Director of the Southe Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC).
I’ve added some links and clarifications.
QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE CONCERNING THE CANOE TRAILS
Days to float entire trail (Alapaha) 4 days-normal water;
(Withlacoochee) 3 days-normal water.
the City of Valdosta has concerns regarding any potential
effect the proposed pipeline or its construction might have on the
Floridan aquifer, the primary source of the drinking water supply
for our City, County and the south Georgia area; and
Nine miles south of Willacoochee on GA 135 and twelve miles east of Nashville on GA 76, which turns into Riverside Road as it crosses GA 135,
is this traditional put-in for the Alapaha River.
However, it is not clear that access is public, so we can’t recommend it unless that is clarified. Continue reading →
Probably the least-known tributary of the Alapaha River,
the Little Alapaha River is so shy it disappears underground
between Jennings and Jasper, Florida.
The Little Alapaha River arises in Echols County, Georgia, just before it flows into Hamilton County, Florida, where it falls into a sinkhole west of Jasper, briefly reappearing before vanishing again.
Theoretically it is a tributary of the Alapaha River, but it is not clear the waters of the Little Alapaha River ever reach the Alapaha River aboveground.
Like the Alapaha River, the Little Alapaha’s sinkhole disappearance
happens at the
Chris Graham found this very interesting reference, Continue reading →
The December WWALS Outing is a cleanup on the Alapaha River
on private land near Jasper, Hamilton County, Florida,
at 10AM Saturday December 20th 2014.
This is an area of the river people boat past on the
Alapaha River Water Trail.
Most WWALS outings are open to the public.
However, since this one is on private land, WWALS membership is required,
and please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for directions.
Also please bring gloves, bags, and warm clothes. The landowner will provide lunch.