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.
Thanks to Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of Our Santa Fe River (pictured in blue shirts on left) and many others, a pro-fracking anti-open-records bill failed
in the Florida legislature yesterday.
WWALS helped persuade both its Florida counties, Madison and Hamilton,
to pass anti-fracking resolutions,
like so many other Florida counties did
as OSFR tirelessly travelled the state.
Bills in the Florida House and Senate
to ban fracking outright did not pass.
But neither did the fracking industry’s bill that would have exempt it from
disclosure of its toxic chemicals, and would have prohibited local governments
from banning fracking.
No doubt the fossil fuel industry will be back next year with a Florida
pro-fracking bill, but so will the opponents, with bills to ban fracking.
And in another year, maybe Florida will catch on that when
the Georgia legislature unanimously approved
a solar financing bill, it’s time for the Sunshine State to
put fracking behind it
and get on with clean, safe, renewable sun, wind, and water power.
Update 2014-04-25 11:AM: Unfortunately the whole event has been cancelled.
Come hear from
Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E.)
about fossil fuel divestment
and other environmental issues, 1-4PM today in Drexel Park, NE corner of Patterson Street and Brookwood Avenue;
Facebook event. Rain location: University Center, just south of Brookwood.
A major feature of coastal plain blackwater rivers is their tea color,
ranging from yellow to red,
from tannins from oak trees.
Pretty close to it is the background color of this paragraph, RGB #FF9933,
or 0 40 80 0 CMYK,
or Pantone Solid Coated 1375 C.
Here are some examples from three of WWALS’ rivers.
Come see for yourself at upcoming WWALS outings, such as:
Update 2015-07-27: Pictures and new pipeline information at this link.
Alapaha River sinks into the Florida Aquifer, some of it comes back up
which actually flows into the Suwannee River, a bit upstream from the
Come with WWALS to the Alapaha Rise, then down the Suwannee River
past the Confluences of both the Alapaha and the Withlacoochee Rivers,
seeing the proposed site of the Sabal Trail Pipeline on the way.
This is a pretty easy outing, but the Suwannee is deep,
so as always bring your personal flotation
If you need a boat, let us know, and we can find you one.
8AM Saturday, August 15th, 2015
8 mile paddle from
Gibson Park to
Suwannee River State Park,
with a side trip upstream first to the
past the Alapaha-Suwannee confluence, the proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline
crossing, and ending at the Withlacoochee confluence,
taking out at Suwannee River State Park.
4 hours, after a 30 minute shuttle.
Florida Highway 6 in Hamilton County, Florida, west
to CR751 South to park just before the river.
This event is FREE! All we ask is that you are a current member of
WWALS Watershed Coalition. If not, it’s easy to join online today at
http://wwals.com/blog/donations/. You do not have to be a member to come on this outing. If you like the experience, we recommend that you join to support the efforts of WWALS.
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COMES NOW WWALS WATERSHED COALITION, INC. (WWALS), as friends of the
court and concerned citizens in the above-entitled action in support
of the Defendants and file this their brief with the court in the
above referenced case and states as follows and provides in support
thereof the following:
Update 10 July 2015:
Outing leader Chris Graham says there’s plenty of water, so we’ll be putting in on the Alapaha River tomorrow morning at Lanier Park. However, he says we’ll be taking out at Hotchkiss Road (instead of CSX RR), so about 14 miles or seven hours. Bring your lunch and plenty of water.
See you at 8AM. -jsq
Breeze over mild rapids past sand beaches on the Alapaha River,
from Lakeland to US 84.
It’s long, but there should be no deadfalls.
In most places the river may be so low you could stand up, but as always bring your personal flotation device.