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.
Fourteen-year-old Lexi Crawford was attacked by lower back pain so
sharp that she couldn’t even sit up to eat. Her mother had to bring
her food while she was lying flat on her back. Doctors in Waycross,
GA, the town where she lives, thought it was a kidney infection. But
after months of antibiotics didn’t clear it up, a visiting doctor in
the local ER suggested an X-ray.
Valdosta can’t blame this one on rain upstream: it fell directly
on Valdosta, and once again
the same Meadowbrook Drive neighborhood
that’s been getting doused in sewage since 2009 saw it surging out
of a manhole, after three other streets got it.
Valdosta says it reported all this to GA-EPD, but good luck finding it
(or anything else) on EPD’s website.
Once again Valdosta on its own website didn’t even say
which river Sugar Creek dumps into,
but Florida figured it out, and ain’t happy.
The Florida Department of Health advisory is findable, and news media
and SRWMD picked that up.
Maybe Valdosta’s ongoing force main project will fix these overflows:
bids were requested earlier that same month for more parts of that project.
Maybe Valdosta could try to explain itself better in its own press releases?