Come hear good music this afternoon, new songs about the Suwannee, Withlacoochee, and other rivers, said Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman on the radio yesterday morning with Scott James. The M.C. for today’s finals of the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman, explained the raffles (kayak, swag, and silent auction), and we mentioned the buffet and cash bar at the at the Salty Snapper, 1405 Gornto Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602.
You can even paddle 9AM this morning down the Withlacoochee River into Valdosta to get to the Salty Snapper.
We listed the finalists in the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, and described the format: speeches (especially by Will Eason of the Salty Snapper), finalists play new songs about the rivers, judges score on music, lyrics, history, etc., and finally the results of the raffles, and the prizes. We showed off the First Prize plaque, just handed to us by WWALS Board Member Phil Hubbard, who made it.
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Videos: Songwriting Contest on Scott James Radio 2018-06-22
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS),
Once festival season is over today, we noted we’ll get on with the programs WWALS fundraising pays for. Such as water quality testing: buying kits, training people, doing testing and analysis. Few people know Tifton recently spilled 36,000 + 5,400 gallons of sewage into the New River, upstream from the Withlacoochee River through Valdosta. Tifton tested at one point upstream of the spill and one downstream, and the fecal coliform counts were way out of bounds, but nobody knows how far it went downstream, because nobody is testing. Which is why we’re starting a water quality monitoring program.
And we’re finishing up the water trail signs including we showed off the small metal Sheboggy Boat Ramp signs people can buy from WWALS for $25 so people don’t want to steal the road signs anymore for their man or woman cave.
We will be raffling off a Sheboggy Boat Ramp sign at the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, today, 1-5PM, at the Salty Snapper, Valdosta.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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