Plus students can apply to be interns.
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) is the WATERKEEPER® Alliance Member with the name Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®. When you become a member, you get a bumper sticker that looks exactly like the Suwannee Riverkeeper logo:
You can help WWALS advocate for conservation and stewardship of the entire watersheds of the Withlacoochee, Alapaha, Upper, and Lower Suwannee Rivers and all their tributaries in 33 counties in south Georgia and north Florida.
WWALS advocacy includes re-establishing an Alapaha River Water Trail and a new Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail, opposing the Sabal Trail pipeline, fracking, and phosphate mining, while supporting solar power, and bird-dogging the Valdosta (and other) wastewater situation and the Army Corps of Engineers flooding study of the entire Suwannee River Basin. See also the WWALS Mission.
WWALS does recreation and education, including boat races and leisurely paddles; a high school logo contest, book readings and silent auctions; water quality testing, invasive species spotting, and river park advocacy.
Your membership will help WWALS encourage citizens to become more active in watershed conservation, benefiting our local economy, ecology, and community, including boating, fishing, and hunting. If you like, you can also donate more in time or in money to help us all with boatable, fishable, swimmable rivers and clean drinking water.
See the WWALS blog, facebook page, Instagram, twitter, meetup, YouTube channel, press releases, and news media coverage. Members get the WWALS monthly newsletter, Tannin Times. Here’s a video about the Alapaha River Water Trail.
The WWALS board is pursuing these goals:
- Education of general public about conservation and stewardship of WWALS watershed.
- Act as a knowledge resource about physical, biological and natural resources to, and about, our community.
- Engage with local agencies on routine water quality testing.
- Develop and maintain documentation relevant to our watershed.
- Identify and address threats to the WWALS Watershed.
- Engage our community in outdoor activities.
- Raise money to fund organization on an ongoing basis.
As a WWALS member, you can join one of our Committees to help accomplish these goals.
In order to reach these goals your generous contribution will be used for the purchase of equipment, volunteer supplies, and legal fees, as well as assisting in presentations, reports and conferences to the community and training workshops for volunteers.
We are raising funds for test kits for our water quality testing program, for water trail signs, to hire an executive director, and we have legal fees right now related to some of these goals.
WWALS offers a variety of levels suitable for all potential members.
*Student scholarships and other memberships may be provided at the discretion of the WWALS Watershed Coalition Board.
Or print, fill out, and mail our Membership Application.
For printing many copies for meetings, there is also a two-per-page PDF for double-sided printing.
Sponsor or get tickets to events
WWALS has at least one paddle outing a month and numerous other events; see the list of outings and events or the WWALS calendar, and members get a list each month in the WWALS newsletter, Tannin Times.
Several events are major fundraisers, listed below.
When: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Where: The Salty Snapper, Valdosta, Georgia
What: Finalists with songs about our rivers, swamps, ponds, springs, sinks, or lakes, will play, judges will deliberate, sponsors will be recognized, there will be food and drink, and last year’s winner, Laura D’Alisera will play.
$300 to the overall winner, $50 each to a winner inside and outside the Suwannee River Basin, and recognition of first in each musical genre.
Tickets: $10 online.
$12 at the door.
$150 for VIP six-seat table.
All about the contest here:
When: 11 AM Saturday, October 26, 2019
Where: State Line Boat Ramp, Withlacoochee River
What: A paddle race from Georgia into Florida and back, with 1-mile, 2-mile, and 3-mile downstream courses.
Family fun and a sporting race, with a silent auction, kayak raffle, food, and prizes!
Tickets: $20 online
$30 after October 15.
All about the WWALS Boomerang 2019:
When: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Where: Reed Bingham State Park, Little River
What: A paddle race, three miles downstream on a blackwater south Georgia river into a park lake.
Family fun and a sporting race, with a silent auction, kayak raffle, lunch, and prizes!
The fastest boat gets $100, plus $200 if it beats the record.
A dozen other people win in other categories.
Stay tuned: for announcement. Meanwhile, here are the most recent winners.
Donate to projects or the General Fund
Make a one time or recurring donation
Help fund the activities and advocacy you just read about!
It’s a Hobie Mirage Outback, donated by Dr. Tom Phillips.
Thanks to Savannah Barry of the Nature Coast Biological Station, we have an EnviroScape now, and we’ve retired this fundraiser.
Your support of WWALS and its projects, events, and advocacy is greatly appreciated!
WWALS Watershed Coalition is a Georgia nonprofit corporation (control #12048304) and an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity (PDF, image), so contributions are tax-deductible. Our Tax ID Number is 46-2656118.
To support a paid executive director and to full fund the Suwannee Riverkeeper®, we need to raise about $100,000 a year, about a third each from memberships, sponsors, and grants. You can become a member, or you or your organization can donate any dollar amount.
Thanks in advance!