Thanks to Jim Tatum for sending us this very nice article by
Monty Stephens, Lake City Reporter, February 22-23, 2020,
Paddling for Great Cause — Clean Water in Our Rivers:
The “Eighth Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race” is
scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020. Everyone that drinks or uses
water needs to support this worthwhile “Cause.” The
“Cause” is clean water in our rivers. This is a  mile
canoe, kayak, [but not paddleboard] race. It can be a leisurely float down
the [Little] River to [Reed Bingham State Park Lake] or an “All
out fierce race,” your choice. The [WWALS] Watershed Coalition
is a non-profit organization that supports the Suwannee [Riverkeeper].
Photo: Bret Wagenhorst, of the 2019 race start.
The [Suwannee Riverkeeper] works to protect the Suwannee River and
its tributaries, the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, [Little, and Santa Fe Rivers]. These rivers join together and become the Suwannee
River as they flow through North Florida and out into the Gulf.
Here is the problem, civilization in general, tends to create pollution.
The traditional method of dealing with pollution is to dump it
somewhere, let the wind will blow it away, or dump it in a river. In
other words, “Just get rid of it.” None of these methods
deal with the real problem. Dumping pollution in the river just
creates issues for people downstream. Since we’re in Florida, we’re
“Downstream.” This is why we need a Riverkeeper.
Our Riverkeeper is Continue reading