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.
Valdosta sewage discussed yesterday morning in Madison, and in the evening
on TV and in the WWALS Water Quality Testing Committee meeting in Valdosta, and again this evening at the Madison BOCC.
Emma Wheeler, WCTV Eyewitness News, 21 August 2018,
Sewage spills prompt concern over Withlacoochee River safety,
MADISON, Fla. (WCTV) — A North Florida community is fighting
for cleaner water.
Community members in Madison are pushing for safer waterways. It
stems from concerns over sewage spills at Valdosta’s Withlacoochee
Treatment Plant. The most recent of the spills happened in June.
Many of those concerned said their goal is to have no sewage spill
into the river.
“These are public resources, they belong to us,” said Thomas Potter
with the WWALS Watershed Coalition. “It’s our duty and our
responsibility to make sure that they remain clean.”…
Very experienced retired outfitter Burt Kornegay from western north Carolina paddled
the Little River from just below its one dam to the Withlacoochee and
on to the Suwannee a week ago, and liked it a lot.
If you want a really good four-day canoe trip,
put in right near Reed Bingham State Park at the
highway 37 bridge.
There’s an excellent put in right there.
And spend four days canoeing down this river.
I don’t think you’ll regret it.
That’s from somebody who has led expeditions all over the U.S.,
from the Grand Canyon to the Smokey Mountains,
Saturday a week ago at
Troupville Boat Ramp.
Sabal Trail only barely misses the Withlacoochee River in Florida,
even though it no longer crosses over into Madison County.
And it’s the same Floridan Aquifer on both sides of the river.
Springs and pipeline,30.4828540, -83.2577470: The red line is Sabal Trail in Hamilton County.
In the foreground in Madison County is Madison Blue Spring on the Withlacoochee River,
and the P is Pot Spring farther downstream.
The N is Nestle; you’d think they’d care about potential damage to the aquifer
from which they suck water.
This request for a Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), mentioning Madison Blue Spring in particular, was sent July 18th or 19th 2016, one copy to each of the Corps addresses. (PDF).
That’s the fourth Florida county to make such a request, after
Hamilton, Suwanee, and Marion Counties. The Corps already responded to Madison County.
Board of County Commissioners
Madison County, Florida
Jacksonville Permits Section
U.S.A.C.E. Regulatory Division
Attn: Mark R. Evans,
Senior Project Manager,
Post Office Box 4970
Jacksonville, Florida 32232
Attn: Mr. Terry C. Kobs
1104 N. Westover Boulevard, Unit 9
Albany, GA 31707
Mobile District Reg. Div.
Montgomery Field Office
Attn: Mr. James S. Cherry II
605 Maple Street
Building 1429 Room 105
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6017
Congratulations to Madison BOCC for this
ordinance Madison passed unanimously last night (PDF):
ORDINANCE NO. 2016-______
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MADISON COUNTY,
FLORIDA, AMENDING THE MADISON COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO
PROHIBIT HIGH INTENSITY PETROLEUM OPERATIONS AND THE STORAGE AND/OR
DISPOSAL OF HIGH INTENSITY PETROLEUM OPERATIONS WASTE; PROVIDING
CERTAIN FINDINGS; AMENDING THE DEFINITIONS SECTION OF THE MADISON
COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS WITH REGARD
THERETO; CREATING SECTION 6.5 OF THE MADISON COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT
CODE ENTITLED “REGULATIONS GOVERNING HIGH INTENSITY PETROLEUM
OPERATIONS AND HIGH INTENSITY PETROLEUM OPERATIONS WASTE
PRODUCTS”; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES;
PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
More than 1,000 acres
through September 2014,
in parcels already adding up to more than 250 acres,
or in contiguous or nearby parcels that can be combined,
all bought by Lakeland Sands LLC.
On SE Farm Road and FL 63, between Madison and Lee, 30.423520, -83.353757,
parcels 01-1S-09-0843-000-000 (374 acres),
06-1S-10-1192-000-000 (568.35 acres),
05-1S-10-1187-000-000 (363.161 acres),
07-1S-10-1197-000-000 (316.13 acres),
08-1S-10-1199-000-000 (259 acres)
12-1S-09-0892-001-000 (67.27 acres)
12-1S-09-0893-000-000 (224.68 acres),
11-1S-09-0884-000-000 (162.93 acres),
total in just those eight parcels.
All eight marked as timberland: we’ll see how long that lasts.
Plus 12-1S-09-0892-002-0A2 (39.12 acres) of pastureland in between.
These parcels surround a couple of City of Madison parcels Continue reading →