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PR: Florida man wins Suwannee Riverkeeper kayak raffle drawing at Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hahira, Georgia, December 13, 2017 — People got kayak raffle tickets for three months at festivals from Alapaha, Georgia to Live Oak, Florida, and online, until the drawing at a Suwannee Riverkeeper outing Sunday at the top of the Suwannee River in the Okefenokee Swamp. The lucky winner of a kayak donated by Malibu Kayaks is Chris Newton from the Atlantic coast of Florida. “No way!” he said.

At Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo, Georgia, Gretchen Quarterman, Acting Executive Director for WWALS Watershed Coalition, said:

“These are all the tickets that we sold. And these are the ones that Shirley [Kokidko, WWALS board member] sold. These are the ones that came from Phil [Hubbard, WWALS board member of Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia]. These are the ones that came from Hulaween [Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida]. These are the ones that came from Skillet Fest [Quitman, Brooks County, Georgia, suggested by WWALS member John Horton of Quitman and Suwannee, Dixie County, Florida] ….”

Gretchen Quarterman assembles the tickets at WWALS kayak raffle drawing 2017-12-10

WWALS board member Shirley Kokidko of Pearson, Atkinson County, Georgia, had the video camera at Continue reading

Hagan Bridge Landing, Withlacoochee River, GA 122 2017-11-26

Pretty low at Hagan Bridge, the start of the WWALS outing down the Withlacoochee River to Franklinville, February 2, 2018.

Hagan Bridge, River bank

I took these pictures Saturday a week ago, November 26, 2017, when the Skipper Bridge gauge read Continue reading

WWALS @ Hahira Honeybee Festival 2017-10-06-7

At the WWALS booth at the 36th Annual Hahira Honeybee Festival, we will be talking about water trails, paddle outings, holding poluters accountable, and making sure that water in our area is swimmable, fishable, drinkable. Come help us spread the water word.

When: 9AM-6PM, Friday and Saturday, 6,7 October 2017

Where: West Main Street, Hahira, Georgia

Event: facebook, meetup

Amy, Sarah, Gretchen, Scotti, 13:46:36,, Saunders Park

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!

Old Coffee Road, Georgia

The Google map of locations on Old Coffee Road was used by many of the early settlers of south central Georgia, including in the watersheds of the Willacoochee, Alapaha, Withlacoochee, and Little Rivers and Okapilco Creek. It crossed all those and other waterways by ford or private ferry: there were no bridges back then.

Old Coffee Road map, WWALS.net
Follow this link for the interactive google map.

The Georgia Historical Commission erected markers at half a dozen locations in the 1950s and 1960, reading: Continue reading

Trash, Withlacoochee River @ GA 122 2017-02-16

Thanks to Lowndes County Manager Joe Pritchard and Public Works Director Robin Cumbus for having these bags of trash picked up after WWALS Executive Direcgtor Gretchen Quarterman had a probationer collect them at Hagan Bridge over the Withlacoochee River on GA 122.

Bags of trash with reference dogs
Pictures by John S. Quarterman for WWALS 16 February 2017.

Lots of other bags of trash Continue reading

Video: BLPR and Neighbor Steve Nichols, WVGA 105.9 FM 2017-04-26

You don’t have to race, but some paddlers are training big-time, so come on down 8AM Saturday morning to Red Roberts Landing Movie: Steve Nichols and BLPR (87M) for the BIG Little River Paddle Race, the grilled lunch, and the silent auction.

The Little River is so low that if you fall in, you can just stand up.

Remember to register online or at the event Saturday morning.

Here’s the video: Continue reading

Videos: Suwannee Riverkeeper at Hahira Historical Society 2017-01-09

We all drink from straws into the same Floridan Aquifer, so we need to keep it clean and full, said WWALS acting Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman at the Hahira Historical Society, a very influential institution between the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers in Lowndes County, Georgia.

You can see in this video that she also explained we paddle upstream in the rainy season and downstream in summer, how WWALS added Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®, and what WWALS does and where, including Continue reading

Suwannee Riverkeeper at Hahira Historical Society 2017-01-09

Monday WWALS acting Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman will talk about Front door agriculture and the recent Mott regrant to WWALS for conservation outreach, about the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail, and about Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®, at the Hahira Historical Society, a very influential institution between the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers in Lowndes County, Georgia. Come on down and hear how you can be a steward for our waters as a WWALS member, a committee member, or even as a board member.

When: 7PM Monday, Januar 9th, 2017

Where: 102 South Church, Street, Hahira, GA 31632

Event: facebook

I used to go see Dr. Parrott and then Dr. Acree in that building, which is Continue reading

Cook County Landing (GA 76) to Folsom Bridge (GA 122), Little River 2016-01-14

Not a great boat ramp but public access it is. In January the water should be up like a year ago at this three-hour tour of the idyllic Little River between Brooks County and Cook and Lowndes Counties, Georgia. There should be no need to drag boats, like there was in July.

When: 10 AM Saturday January 14th 2017

Put In: Cook County Landing (GA 76) between Adel, Cook County and Barney, Brooks County, Georgia

GPS Coordinates: Continue reading

Sea level gage reports: all USGS gages in WWALS territory in Georgia

All the Suwannee River Basin USGS gages in Georgia just got a new flood level reporting system (except they missed one). Locator Map: Central South Georgia USGS Gages They’ve added a level measurement from sea level, probably not coincidentally about the same as the Florida gages added a level measurement from dry riverbed, so both Georgia and Florida gages now have both measurements. This actually does not affect the WWALS level charts for the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail nor for the Alapaha River Water Trail, because those continue to display water levels from dry riverbed. To see this change at all, you have to drill down to the USGS detail pages, for example on the Withlacoochee River at Skipper Bridge Road in Georgia, or near Pinetta, Florida.

National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, Tallahassee, FL, unknown date, Suwannee River Basin Datum Changes in South Central Georgia,

Starting on October 14, 2015, the National Weather Service in Tallahassee and Jacksonville will make adjustments to the reporting method for water level in the Suwannee River System. This includes river gages in the following rivers or creeks: Continue reading