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Earth Day Cleanup Postponed due to pandemic: WWALS, Georgia Power, Valdosta, and Brooks County, GA, Madison County, FL
Hahira, Georgia, March 4, 2020 — We are postponing the Earth Day Cleanup and Paddle previously scheduled for April 18, 2020, at Knights Ferry Boat Ramp on the Withlacoochee River.
The organizers, WWALS, Georgia Power, Valdosta, and Brooks County, Georgia, remain committed to holding this event in the future, as does , and Madison County, Florida. Meanwhile, WWALS plans a virtual outing by livestreaming a few people at the site on the original day, six feet apart, of course.
WWALS and Lowndes County signs at Knights Ferry Boat Ramp.
“At Georgia Power our focus during this challenging time is to ensure uninterrupted power so you can keep your daily life running,” said Joe Brownlee, Southwest Region Director for Georgia Power. “We are currently taking preventive measures to keep our teams healthy as spring storm season approaches. Hopefully we’ll be past this soon and can again join in fun times on the river.”
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“The City of Valdosta remains committed to this cleanup event and
its partnership with Georgia Power and our area Suwannee Riverkeeper
and will work with all to find an agreeable date down the road,”
said Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson.
City of Valdosta
“We are looking forward to a later date for this cleanup and
paddle, so we can assist with promoting the event on our Brooks
County FB page, and to recruit some participation to represent
us,” said Jessica J. McKinney, Brooks County, Georgia,
“Madison County has postponed our river cleanup until a later
date,” said Madison County, Florida, Chairman Donnie Waldrep,
Sr., referring to a cleanup planned for that same day in Madison
County on the Withlacoochee River. He added, “I’d love to see
this be an annual event.”
“Joe and Scott and I already discussed on the radio last week that we probably could not do the paddle part of this event, due to the shuttle requiring crowding people into a few vehicles.
While a cleanup might be possible by simply keeping everybody spread out, we’d rather be safe than sorry,” said Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman. “Before that, we had Continue reading