Tifton wastewater spill into the New River

Valdosta wasn’t the only city to spill sewage in the recent storms, but Tifton’s spill was tiny by comparison. Following up a rumor, I called the city of Tifton and eventually got to Tommy Coker, Wastewater Superintendent, Tifton Regional Waste Water Treatment Complex (TRE). You won’t find him listed on Tifton’s website, because he works […]

Ichetucknee and Santa Fe River New Year Outing 2020-01-04

Leisurely paddle on two of the newest additions to WWALS and Suwannee Riverkeeper: the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers. We will also paddle past the notorious Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline. When: Gather 9 AM, launch 10:30 AM, Saturday, January 4, 2020 Put In: Ichetucknee S.P. North Entrance, 8294 SW Elim Church Rd, Fort White, […]

No new Suwannee River Basin Spills in Georgia 2018-12-31

No new spills reported in the Suwannee River Basin in Georgia! We do have some clarifications on old spills, some even with raw sewage totals. Since the Sewage Spills Report GA-EPD posts each day replaces the previous one, WWALS has started picking up those reports daily and parsing out differences. This has revealed a total […]

New location: Valdosta, GA for Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, deadline June 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hahira, GA, May 21, 2018 — The Contest has moved to The Salty Snapper on the Withlacoochee River in Valdosta, Georgia, in the biggest city in the Suwannee River Basin! The contest date is the same: Saturday, June 23, 2018. You can still send in a song through Friday, June 1, 2018, […]

Satilla River Water Trail in Brunswick News

WWALS is pleased to see our neighbors to the east following suit and working toward establishing a water trail like the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT). With time, the beautiful blackwater rivers of the coastal plains may become a paddling destination of choice for northern paddlers looking for a pleasant and scenic place to paddle […]

New Georgia law bans riding ATVs in riverbeds.

Terry Dickson and Walter C. Jones wrote for the Florida Times-Union Saturday, May 22, 2010, New Georgia law bans riding ATVs in riverbeds, The measure should increase safety and reduce environmental damage.Riding all-terrain vehicles in stream beds is against the law in Georgia with Gov. Sonny Perdue’s signature on legislation Friday that has been long […]

Veteran River Conservationist Gordon Rogers spoke to new WWALS Watershed Coalition

WWALS Watershed Coalition FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Veteran River Conservationist Gordon Rogers spoke to new WWALS Watershed Coalition Adel, GA, 9 January 2013 — A local watershed group formed in June 2012, WWALS Watershed Coalition, invited Gordon Rogers, Flint Riverkeeper, to its first meeting of the new year to bring his experiences with the Altamaha, Satilla, […]

Valdosta sewage into Sugar Creek, Withlacoochee River 2019-12-09

Yet another sewage spill from Valdosta, with no email notification from Valdosta, nothing on the City of Valdosta website, nothing in spills reported to GA-EPD, and nothing on the Hamilton or Madison County, Florida Department of Health websites. So how do we know? It’s being mailed around from the facebook pages of Madison County Emergency […]

Kayak raffle drawing at Griffis Fish Camp, Suwannee River 2019-12-07

Outings Committee member Shelby Miller, who had not gotten a WWALS kayak raffle ticket, ran to draw the winner as WWALS Board members Dan Phillips and Bobby McKenzie cooked and watched. Shelby Miller to draw WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman took tickets from envelopes from various festivals and other events and put them all in […]

White Springs Christmas Parade Suwannee Riverkeeper banners 2019-12-06

Assisting the festivities at the White Springs Christmas Parade Friday, Suwannee Riverkeeper banners flew on both sides of a float, thanks to longtime WWALS member Randy Madison. Day Randy asked for some banners, and WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman delivered them, meeting Randy halfway, along with former WWALS board member Eileen Box of Live Oak.