Tomorrow this morning (Thursday July 14th 2016) Sabal Trail is on the agenda
of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
for permission to use conservation easements
for its fracked methane pipeline.
How does this square with Sabal Trail’s assertions that it already has all the permits it needs?
The irony of meeting for this in West Palm Beach, a stone’s throw from
four already-approved LNG export operations at the end of the Sabal Trail pipeline chain in Martin County.
How does profit for a pipeline company from Houston and LNG export to Asia square with the mission of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection?
If you’re in the area, please write, call, or go, before or by 9AM tomorrow morning to oppose these easements and put a kink in Sabal Trail’s pipeline. Continue reading
Back in 2009, Lowndes County spent hundreds of times more in infrastructure repairs than the $40,000 that Valdosta is asking as a match to build an online flood warning map, beyond just fixing sewer system spills to dealing with the rest of the flooding problem. At recent meetings, some County Commissioners seemed reluctant to authorize the request because the proposed map mostly covers subdivisions in Valdosta. But the entire county was affected by road closures in 2009, so maybe Commissioners could ask to expand the map to cover the whole county, which could also help find sources of the flooding problem. Sources and effects extend all the way to the edges of the county, as you can see in this a google map I built back then:
Roads closed in Lowndes County, Georgia, as of 9:38 a.m April 6th, according to the Valdosta Daily Times. This map shows locations and terrain. It’s a Google map, so it’s interactive: you can zoom and pan and change to satellite view, street map, street view, etc. Some of the locations are guesstimates from the cryptic descriptions in the VDT article. The one green blob is the one reopening mentioned in the article: “North Valdosta Road Withlacoochee River Bridge opened at 10 p.m. Sunday.”
This evening in Adel, come to the IHOP for the annual report and election of (some) board members at the WWALS membership meeting, and the annual election of officers and other business at the quarterly board meeting.
When: 7PM WWALS Annual Meeting
7:30 PM WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting
Where: 1200 W 4Th St, Adel, GA 31620-2911
Here’s the IHOP’s own web page.
Agendas: See previous post
The crowd was large, the speeches were brief, the food was good, and the tour later was, ah, redolant, but the new plant works better than the old, and, best of all, it’s out of the flood plain.
Here are a few pictures of this morning’s ribbon cutting for what was billed as the new Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and Force Main, but they seem to have actually named the Withlacoochee Water Pollution Control Plant (WWPCP). The combination of WWPCP and Force Main so far has prevented any new wastewater spills, and long may it do so.
WWALS Videos will follow, including from a WWPCP tour by the plant operator.
Meanwhile, congratulations Continue reading
Filed Friday as FERC accession number 20160708-5096, http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?document_id=14476452, “Two new reasons for a USACE Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and a halt to Sabal Trail permits; see also accession numbers 20160708-5089 and 20160708-5088, by WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. under CP15-17.” (PDF) Continue reading
Join us to discuss how fracking feeds the frenzy of pipeline building, to LNG export, promoted by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other impending “free trade” treaties. All those 20th-century dying dinosaurs are already being overtaken by solar and wind power.
When: 7:30-PM EDT Sunday July 17th 2016
Who: Continue reading
Part of this longleaf pine forest grant from a major utility is partly in WWALS watersheds, in the Okefenokee Swamp and Osceola National Forest, in the upper Suwannee River basin.
Southern Company PR, July 6th 2016, Southern Company and partners award 10 longleaf conservation grants,
Continuing its longstanding tradition of supporting natural resource conservation, Southern Company, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), today announced $4.3 million in grants to support, restore and enhance the longleaf ecosystem. The grants include funding for 10 projects in the Southeast states where Southern Company operates electric utilities.
The 2016 grants will support 21 projects that are a part of Continue reading