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.
Tomorrow morning, 8:30AM, Tuesday, June 19, 2018,
I’ll be on the radio with Steve Nichols, 105.9FM,
talking about the
Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest
coming up 1-5PM, this Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Salty Snapper, 1405 Gornto Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602.
When Gretchen was on his show last month,
he said he wanted to hear more, so tomorrow morning it is.
Tifton spilled twice into the New River watershed,
36,000 gallons and 5,400 gallons,
both into the New River watershed upstream of the Withlacoochee and the Suwannee Rivers,
apparently both spills during or after Tropical Storm Alberto,
and there was no public notice until two weeks later.
Stuart Taylor, Tifton Gazette, June 11, 2018,
36,000 gallon raw sewage spill enters drainage system,
cited as source Thomas Coker, “plant manager with ESG Operations,”
who is also listed by the City of Tifton as Wastewater Superintendent.
I called him to clarify some details.
Here is information about the two spills, both related to Tropical Storm Alberto:
36,000 gallons, Wednesday, May 30 through Thursday, June 7, 2018,
from 315 E. 20th Street, into Tifton’s stormwater system, after 2 inches of rain.
Celebrating fifty years of Wild and Scenic River designations by
Congress, this film festival showcases frontline issues and activism
with stunning cinematography. Now, more than ever, it is imperative
that individuals propel the groundswell of the environmental
movement. Collectively, we CAN make a difference!
aren’t any Wild & Scenic rivers in the Suwannee River Basin,
although maybe after seeing this film festival, people will be motivated to fix that.
Hahira, GA, April 29, 2018 —
With the first-ever winner from Florida and a new record time,
the next two categories one each from Tift and Lowndes Counties, Georgia,
and a record number paddlers from 4 to 67 years old,
BIG Little River Paddle Race at Reed Bingham State Park Saturday
was a fun time and a successful fundraiser for
Friends of Reed Bingham State Park (FORB) and WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS).
Lloyd Reeves drove three hours from Crescent City, Florida,
with a very fast kayak, to become the first-ever Florida winner,
and he proved himself a winner in another way with the prize.
In addition to the First Prize trophy, winner Reeves got
a hundred dollar bill from race organizer Bret Wagenhorst of WWALS.
and a matching hundred dollar bill from Dianne Walters of FORB.
Reeves then Continue reading →
This morning I was on
The Morning Drive with Steve Nichols on 105.9 FM WVGA, Valdosta, Georgia,
which Steve says reaches 100,000 people.
We talked about
all the things we said we would: Troupville cleanup, water trails, paddle race, film festival,
songwriting contest, outings, and more.
the video extracted from WVGA’s facebook live.
Suwannee Riverkeeper on Steve Nichols Drive-time Radio 2018-04-24
Video by Black Crow Media for WVGA 105.9 FM, Valdosta, GA
I don’t know why the video is mirror-flipped, but below are a few stills right-way around.
If you want to see the whole morning’s video, it’s
on the show’s website.
This interview runs about -23:40 to -1:20.
Hahira, GA, April 23, 2018 — Fifty children and adults helped WWALS clean up the site of old Troupville Saturday, with permission and thanks from the landowner where that former Lowndes County seat goes down to the Little River Confluence with the Withlacoochee River, just west of Valdosta.
Cleanup leader WWALS member Bobby McKenzie said:
We met at the signs for safety/execution briefing. I was able to
talk about the signs and water trail to 50 folks and when I asked
who knew about the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers and being able to
kayak them, only 2 folks were aware. Now 50 more folks are
aware…and half were kids…but some of the best kind of kids…Boy
and Girl Scouts!
Update 2018-04-23: More detail from cleanup leader Bobby McKenzie, a word from property owner Helen Tapp, about sponsors of the water trail, a press release, where WWALS was at three other events that same day, and how you can find upcoming WWALS outings and events.