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.
Albany on Monday,
the Moultrie, Valdosta, and Lake City FERC Sabal Trail hearings
are all in WWALS territory, and Sabal Trail’s fracked methane pipeline would cross
WWALS’ Okapilco Creek near Moultrie, Withlacoochee River near Valdosta, and Suwannee River near Jasper.
The Georgia DNR board Wednesday
gave away easements under those streams to Sabal Trail,
but they’re not permanent until at least two more state approval steps,
and they mean nothing if the pipeline is cancelled.
The FERC meetings are all 5:30 PM speaker signup, 6 PM FERC presentation, then 3 minutes each per audience speaker, ending 8 PM.
Monday, September 28, 2015, at
Albany Civic Center, Meeting Room, West Oglethorpe, Albany, GA 31701
* Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Colquitt County High School, Withers Auditorium, 1800 Park Avenue SE, Moultrie, GA 31776
* Wednesday, September 30, at Holiday Inn Valdosta, Conference Center Magnolia Ballroom, 1805 West Hill Ave., Valdosta, GA 31601.
* Thursday, October 1, at Columbia High School Auditorium, 469 SE Fighting Tiger Drive, Lake City, FL 32025
* Marks meetings in WWALS territory.
Why is the first Florida meeting in Lake City, when Sabal Trail
does not propose to go through Columbia County? Continue reading →
Come paddle the idyllic Withlacoochee River in its most urbanized area, Valdosta,
help clean up trash, and do kayaktivism against the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline, which would cross only a few miles downstream.
This is a WWALS Field Trip from Langdale Park upstream to the North Valdosta Road Bridge, Saturday morning October 3rd 2015, in support of
the VSU Anthropology Club, the VSU Sociology Club, and
Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E.),
who invite you to Kayaktivism Day 2015!
Salt water and other solids are coming up in Florida wells far inland from the sea,
right up to the state line, and it probably doesn’t stop there.
The problem is worse on the coasts and in south Florida, but
north central Florida is not immune, judging by these
preliminary maps by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Likely culprits would seem to include overpumping. Continue reading →