Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail Committee members wanted by WWALS Watershed Coalition

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Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail Committee members wanted by WWALS Watershed Coalition

Hahira, June 23rd 2015 – WWALS Watershed Coalition is pleased to announce the formation of the Withlacoochee River Water Trail (WRWT) Committee. With the Alapaha River Water Trail well on its way to completion, WWALS is ready to take on the Withlacoochee and Little Rivers. We are looking for people to take an active part in developing a recreational water trail for all to enjoy.

Chris Graham, Chair of the Alapaha River Water Trail, said:

“I feel I have accomplished a good deal in our area. Now that the Alapaha River Water Trail brochures are printed and WWALS is starting on the Withlacoochee River Water Trail, I feel it is time for someone in the Little River or Withlacoochee River watersheds to have an option to join the WWALS board to do something good for their river.”

WWALS has already started mapping and gathering information for the Withlacoochee River Water Trail,

http://wwals.com/blog/maps/withlacoochee-river-water-trail/

WWALS co-sponsors the “Big Little River Paddle Race” at Reed-Bingham State Park each spring on the Little River, a tributary of the Withlacoochee River. There is the potential for another paddle race on the Withlacoochee in the fall, and we’re looking for ideas for where and who wants to help.

Some of the benefits of a water trail include:

  • added Eco-tourism, which helps local businesses

  • Preserving the springs and river by promoting awareness

  • enhancing the river experience for all visitors, with maps and brochures detailing the features along the trail

  • Leave no trace: encourages respect for private property, wildlife, and other visitors.

Some of the tasks that we will be involved in include:

  • Mapping the rivers and their tributaries, including Okapilco Creek and Piscola Creek

  • Exploring the river and identifying interesting and unique features, access points and campsites

  • community outreach

  • fund raising

  • Brochure layout and design

  • Identifying lakes, Ponds, swamps, Hiking and Biking trails in the watershed

  • Identifying local flora and fauna

  • Identifying safe water levels to boat the river

  • water quality testing,including monitoring waste water overflows

  • You can help others enjoy two of South Georgia’s and North Florida’s premier rivers.

Contact

Please contact WRWT Committee Chair Chris Mericle, who says:

“When people enjoy the river, they care about it!”

cjmericle@gmail.com
386-855-5096 cell
386-938-5943 home

About WWALS

WWALS Watershed Coalition, a WATERKEEPER® Affiliate, advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River Systems watershed in south Georgia and north Florida through awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.

If you are not already a member of WWALS Watershed Coalition please consider becoming a member.You will be joining a dynamic growing organization committed to our watershed conservation.

Reach us at: wwalswatershed@gmail.com

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