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.
If you care about water and sewage and water quality in wells and rivers,
many county commission and city council decisions affect all of those.
Here are some examples this week from the Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
which represents the most populous county in the Suwannee River Basin,
upstream from Florida.
Tonight at 5:30 PM the Lowndes County Commission will vote on
a contract for $130,000 out of $1.734 million for sewer system improvements from a GEFA loan.
This includes work at the Land Application Site (LAS),
which Lowndes County uses instead of a wastewater treatment plant.
The LAS is in the Withlacoochee River watershed.
Here is video of discussion of this item from
yesterday morning’s Work Session.
6.i. Engineering Services for Sanitary Sewer System Improvements
Utilities Director said Carter & Sloope was the same firm who
originally designed the Lowndes County Land Application Site.
The agenda sheet says, apparently mis-spelling the name:
Mystery finally solved of where is the road over what creek
does Lowndes County Georgia want to replace a bridge?
6.b. Replacement of Beatty Creek Bridge on Williams Road,
yesterday morning’s Lowndes County Commission Work Session:
where is this for the $634,800 low bid from Southern Concrete Construction of Albany, GA?
There are two Williams Roads in Lowndes County and no Beaty Creek.
In the north end of the county Cat Creek has a tributary Beatty Mill Creek,
with a Williams Road running near it between
Upper New Bethel Road and Beatty Mill Creek Road.
But according to all the maps I can find, Williams Road does not cross
Beatty Mill Creek.
So what exactly is it that the county wants to pay the low bidder $634,800 for?
In the 8:30 AM Tuesday 25 April 2016 Work Session,
Commissioner Mark Wisenbaker asked, “Where exactly is this?” Continue reading →
Thanks to Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of Our Santa Fe River (pictured in blue shirts on left) and many others, a pro-fracking anti-open-records bill failed
in the Florida legislature yesterday.
WWALS helped persuade both its Florida counties, Madison and Hamilton,
to pass anti-fracking resolutions,
like so many other Florida counties did
as OSFR tirelessly travelled the state.
Bills in the Florida House and Senate
to ban fracking outright did not pass.
But neither did the fracking industry’s bill that would have exempt it from
disclosure of its toxic chemicals, and would have prohibited local governments
from banning fracking.
No doubt the fossil fuel industry will be back next year with a Florida
pro-fracking bill, but so will the opponents, with bills to ban fracking.
And in another year, maybe Florida will catch on that when
the Georgia legislature unanimously approved
a solar financing bill, it’s time for the Sunshine State to
put fracking behind it
and get on with clean, safe, renewable sun, wind, and water power.