Tag Archives: Georgia River Network

WWALS is GRN Watershed Group of the Year 2017

WWALS was this year’s Watershed Group of the Year at Georgia River Network’s annual River Celebration Awards, presented at Little Ocmulgee State Park, 28 April 2017.

By Joe Cook
Photo: Joe Cook for GRN

On hand to receive the award were Gretchen Quarterman, WWALS Executive Director, John S. Quarterman, WWALS President and Suwannee Riverkeeper, and Dave Hetzel, WWALS Ambassador. Presenting the award were Dana Skelton, GRN Executive Director and Gwyneth Moody, Director of Programs & Outreach. Continue reading

GA HR 281 Water Trails resolution

This bipartisan resolution sounds like a good idea to me. And apparently it also looks good to the Georgia Forestry Association (of which I am a member).

Capitol Forestry Report, GFA, 20 February 2017:

House Resolution 281
Sponsor: Rep. Spencer Frye, D-Athens
This is a resolution with no force of law the supports the use and enjoyment of river trails in the State of Georgia. GFA has engaged with the bill’s author, Rep. Spencer Frye, who is very supportive of private property rights for forest landowners in Georgia.
Status: House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

WWALS has two water trails, the Alapaha River Water Tral, and the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail, both following up on many years of harmony among boaters and landowners dating back to earlier Canoe Trails on the same rivers in the 1970s.

HR 281: A RESOLUTION recognizing and encouraging the proliferation and use of water trails in Georgia; and for other purposes. Continue reading

Two GA-EPD water advisories about US 84 widening project

Thirty-day comment periods closing 12 August 2015 to comment on the US 84 widening project, say 300x175 Greasy Branch, CSX Railroad, Upper Suwannee River Watershed, in Two GA-EPD water advisories about US 84 widening project, by John S. Quarterman, for WWALS.net, 13 July 2015 two Public Advisories from GA-EPD Watershed Protection Branch. One is in the Satilla River watershed, about “two existing open water ponds (outflowing into jusrisdictional[sic] wetlands associated with Lees Branch)”: those ponds are next to the groundwater-contaminating CSX railyard in Waycross. One is in the Upper Suwannee River watershed, about “three existing open water ponds (outflowing into jusrisdictional[sic] waters associated with Greasy Creek and the CSX railroad)”. Maybe the Southern Environmental Law Center letter to GDOT and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers got some results, although these advisories are from a different state agency.

The Upper Suwannee one starts at Continue reading

Boating with Gwyneth on Lake Lewis and the Alapaha River 2015-05-25

Update 2015-05-17: Upcoming events.

Memorial Day Monday, Gwyneth Moody of Georgia River Network will be down from Athens to see some sights on the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT). You are invited to boat among the birds at 9AM on Lake Lewis with WWALS and Gwyneth, to discuss the ARWT over lunch at Puerta vel Sol in Nashville, GA, and then to paddle upstream on the Alapaha River from Berrien Beach at GA 168. Continue reading

Water Trail Etiquette

Planning for the Alapaha River Water Trail, we need to put river etiquette guilelines in brochures, on kiosks, on the web, etc. What should we include? Here are some possibilities.

Update 2016-02-21: Here’s what we put in the ARWT Brochure, Safety and Etiquette.

The latest of the old brochures from the 1970s contained these six items:

  1. Carry all litter out with you.
  2. Do not cut or damage living trees.
  3. Be extremely careful with campfires.
  4. Firearms are not necessary.
  5. Bring your camera.
  6. Help protect the landowners property.

Georgia River Network’s Water Trails website has this ten-point version: Continue reading

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the Alapaha River Water Trail –Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce in the center of the Alapaha River Water Trail sent a very nice letter of support that connects the dots between water recreation, education, and economy.

VALDOSTA – LOWNDES COUNTY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


Leading Businesses.
Leading Communities.

November 5, 2014 Continue reading

1970s Alapaha River Trail

Thanks to Glenn Dowling of Georgia River Network for this flyer from the 1970s for an Alapaha River Trail on “Georgia’s Cleanest River”.

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300x343 Georgias Cleanest River, in Canoe Guide to the Alapaha River Trail, by John S. Quarterman, for WWALS.net, 0  1979 CANOE GUIDE
to the
Alapaha
River Trail

GEORGIA’S CLEANEST
RIVER

GEORGIA
State of Adventure

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WWALS gets grant from river network –VDT

Statewide organization recognizes WWALS Watershed Coalition, plus local direct and indirect economic benefits of an Alapaha Water Trail, wrote the reporter who called me yesterday about the WWALS PR. -jsq

Matthew Woody wrote for the Valdosta Daily Times yesterday, WWALS gets grant from river network,

The Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River Systems Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) received a $500 Alapaha Water Trail Grant from the Georgia River Network. John Quarterman, president of WWALS, said that making a water trail on the Alapaha River involves mapping out the river and putting out guide posts. The maps will show where boat ramps are along the river.

This grant goes beyond maps and guide posts; it signifies that a statewide organization recognizes South Georgia rivers.

“The grant for the Alapaha Water Trail is Continue reading

WWALS receives Alapaha Water Trail grant from Georgia River Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WWALS receives Alapaha Water Trail grant from Georgia River Network

Adel, GA, July 21st 2014 — The statewide umbrella group Georgia River Network has awarded a grant to WWALS Watershed Coalition to help conserve the mostly-undiscovered recreational and economic gem of the Alapaha River by constructing an Alapaha Water Trail (ART). WWALS invites landowners, local governments, and the public to participate.

Brown’s Guide to Georgia describes the Alapaha as “jungle-like in its remoteness and luxurious with exotic vegetation, the dark reddish-brown waters of the Alapaha wind through a swampy wonderland teeming with wildlife.”

A Water Trail or blueway will help more people see this local gem, raising awareness to conserve it, more than outweighing the minimal disturbance of signs and boats. WWALS will draw on GRN’s extensive experience with Water Trails on other rivers in Georgia.

WWALS will center the initial blueway section Continue reading

May WWALS Board Meeting at the Gaskins Forest Education Center

Board meetings are open to the public. Board members are listed in www.wwals.net.

Draft Agenda
WWALS Board of Directors
7:00 PM Wednesday May 14 2014
at the Gaskins Forest Education Center,
3359 Moore Sawmill Rd,
Alapaha, GA 31622
Gate opens at 6PM.
  1. Call to Order, Welcome and Introductions
  2. Speaker: Heather Brasell may say a few words about the Gaskins Forest Education Center.
  3. Agenda Review: Additions and Changes
  4. Review and Approval of Minutes
    1. 16 April 2014 Board meeting minutes
  5. Past Meetings and Events Continue reading