WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
After years of trying to get local or state governments to do it, WWALS is starting a water quality monitoring program.
The new Chair of the WWALS Water Quality Testing Committee, Bobby McKenzie,
has called an organizational meeting.
Anyone can attend, and anyone can send in reports.
Please sign up for Water Reporter at waterreporter.org,
and join the Suwannee Riverkeeper group.
5-7:45 PM Tuesday 21 August 2018
Community Hall 2,
South Georgia Regional Library,
2906 Julia Dr, Valdosta, GA 31602
There will be dialin for remote committee members
Valdosta spilled again, and again bigger than any recently from Albany or Tifton.
This news was first seen on WALB TV out of Albany 5:10 PM last night.
Valdosta sent email to WWALS at 10:17 PM.
Should Suwannee Riverkeeper have to watch WALB in Albany
to learn first about a wastewater spill in Valdosta,
the biggest city in the Suwannee River Basin?
More importantly, if
“Spills of any nature are unacceptable,”
why do you keep having them, Valdosta?
Especially with only 1.5 inches of rain?
What will you do in another tropical storm or hurricane?
And how and when will we know?
The Bevel Creek lift station is a triplex lift station
on our main trunk line that delivers over 60% of our wastewater flow to the LAS.
This station is currently running on two pumps.
We have a quote from AAG Inc. to repair the pump that is out of service
Staff recommends the pump be repaired for $13,971.04.
Replacing that pump sounds like a good idea.
LAS is Land Application Site,
as in spray field, a few thousand feet from the GA-FL state line
and slightly upstream from the Withlacoochee River.
Lowndes County does not have a wastewater treatment plant,
and nobody wants sewage leaking at Bevel Creek or at the LAS.
Lowndes County Utilities Director Steve Stalvey,
8 May 2018.
I do wonder, though, why we’re needing to replace a pump at Bevel Creek again,
after just replacing Continue reading →
The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
Mosaic Co., market cap $11.5 billion, just lost to DeSoto County, Florida,
annual budget $84.3 million.
Maybe this will help Bradford County to do the right thing about phosphate mines.
Join local emergency responders and Meteorologist Kerri Copello,
News Manager for WFXL/Fox 31, for a tour of the EOC and an
informational session on the 2018 Hurricane Season to include
Gretchen got a rainbarrel from the City of Valdosta,
I got some concrete blocks,
we set the barrel on the blocks and connected it to a
PVC pipe from a raingutter.
In about 20 minutes of rain, the 50-gallon rainbarrel was full.
We don’t even live in Valdosta, but rainbarrels are also about preventing sewage spills;
The Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline was granted eminent domain in
order to run through some of the private properties along its path.
In doing so it was required to offer what the defense calls ‘just
One Moultrie land owner was offered around $20,000 for an easement
on his property. This week a jury, siding with the land owner,
decided that was not enough.
Sure, 300,000 is less than the
millions of gallons Valdosta spilled in January 2017.
And sure, Valdosta has spent tens of millions of dollars building
a whole new Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)
uphill out of the flood plain, and a force main, and mamy other improvements.
Sure, the situation is better than it used to be,
as I’ve been bragging about on the radio and in this blog recently.
But it was that same new WWTP that spilled yesterday.
Sure, what spilled was mostly rainwater.
But people in the seven Florida counties downstream (or in Lowndes and Brooks
Counties, Georgia downstream) are not Continue reading →
The agenda for this morning’s Lowndes County Commission Work Session and tomorrow evening’s voting Regular Session doesn’t say where the LAS is,
but apparently it’s these two parcels nestled between Moody AFB’s Grassy Pond and the private Pike’s Pond Fishing Club, west of I-75 and Lake Park.
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
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.
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.