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.
Update 2020-02-03: Rivers maybe finally clean after Valdosta sewage: but Okapilco Creek and need weekly testing 2020-01-31 Good news: the Withlacoochee River tested clean Wednesday. Still puzzling: Okapilco Creek did not. Where is the contamination coming from? What about Valdosta? How can you help? Photo: John S. Quarterman, Ducks with reference human, Josh Tison, at […]
Running through Thomas and Brooks Counties, Georgia to the Withlacoochee River, Piscola Creek is on the USDA National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) as two of the three Georgia Priority Watersheds, all of which are in WWALS watersheds. Upper Piscola Creek Watershed encompasses 25,936 acres of land in the southeast part […]
Update 2020-02-04: Clean Withlacoochee, Okapilco Creek (mostly), and Little River 2020-02-02. More good news: the Withlacoochee River above the Little River Confluence tested zero (0) for E. coli on Friday, for the first time since Valdosta’s record-largest raw sewage spill. If this good news continues, eventually WWALS (and Lowndes County) will take down our warning […]
Update 2020-01-23: Okapilco Creek better, Withlacoochee still clean 2020-01-22. The good news: Gretchen Quarterman’s test results from the Mayor’s Paddle Saturday were clean. Photo: Suzy Hall, of Gretchen Quarterman testing during Mayor’s Paddle 2020-01-18 The Withlacoochee River tested clean all the way from the state line to the Suwannee, and the Suwannee River clean all […]
Funds are available for farmers, ranchers, and forest owners to help clean up two creeks in WWALS watersheds: Deep Creek in Turner County, a tributary of the Alapaha River, and Piscola Creek in Thomas and Brooks Counties, a tributary of the Withlacoochee River. The deadline for applications is May 16th. WCTV via AP 5 April […]
Update 2020-03-06: Special meeting to approve an RFP for an environmental attorney –Madison BOCC 2020-03-06 Tuesday data from Lowndes County, Georgia, shows much better water quality in Okapilco Creek upstream from Quitman and in the Withlacoochee River downstream. Remember, Lowndes County has its own sewer system, which did not spill. And one of Lowndes County’s […]
Update 2020-01-31: Cleaner at Okapilco and Piscola Creeks and Withlacoochee River 2020-01-29. There was good news, but actual responsibility or accountability by Valdosta was hard to find, at the January 8, 2020, evening meeting of the Florida counties Task Force with the Valdosta City Council. It was attended by a record number of citizens from […]
The winner is: Josh Maichele of Boston, Georgia. Photo: John S. Quarterman, Josh Maichele, Gretchen Quarterman, brother That’s in the Piscola Creek watershed. He came over to the other side of the Withlacoochee River to collect his prize.
Attendees from the Suwannee River Basin were the majority at the first public meeting about Georgia EPD’s revisions to its Nonpoint Source Management Plan. Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman attended, as did Erica McLelland and Julie Shutters. Photo: John S. Quarterman for WWALS (yes, I’ve ordered a new camera lens). At the end of the […]
We would all like to see no more of these signs. Photo: Scotti Jay, of Valdosta Caution sign at Troupville Boat Ramp, 2019-12-21. Someone has decorated it with flowers, like a cross at a highway wreck site. Update 2020-02-11 New problems, February 2020. 2020-03-31: Zero E. coli at Nankin and State Line, Withlacoochee River 2020-03-29. […]