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.
More judge candidates, and event logistics including sponsors, food, beverages,
and the crawl afterwards, when finalists will play at local venues in Cedar Key.
Like every committee meeting, you can also participate by telephone;
inquire within for how.
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.
You’ve already seen the videos of the two resolutions, for the
Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT)
Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).
Here are videos of three WWALS members thanking Valdosta Mayor and Council
for those, plus three festivals.
We call WWALS a coalition because many people
are involved, from many backgrounds, doing many different things
to conserve and advocate for our watersheds being swimmable, fishable,
and at least our well water drinkable.
Received April 6, 2018, posted with permission. -jsq
When I called the Canoe Outpost on the Suwannee River in Florida to
ask if they would give me a shuttle up to the Little River at Reed
Bingham State Park, in Georgia, the woman on the other end said,
“You want to start up there?” I told her my plan was to
canoe the Little River from where it left Reed Bingham down to its
confluence with the Withlacoochee, then follow the Withlacoochee to
the Suwannee. “I’ve worked here 27 years,” she
exclaimed, “and this might be the first!”
By permission of the landowners, WWALS will be cleaning up the site of Troupville,
the previous county seat of Lowndes County, Georgia.
Its nineteenth-century residents picked up everything and moved it when Valdosta was founded,
so there’s not much to see but beautiful riverfront,
in Between the Rivers LLC, down to the confluence of the Little River
with the Withlacoochee River.
Unfortunately, there is trash, which we will clean up.
We hope to have some history experts explaining what used to be there.
This cleanup is in conjunction with
Keep Lowndes Valdosta Beautiful (KLVB)
The Great American Cleanup,
and is part of Waterkeeper® Alliance Cleanup Week.
8:30 AM – Noon, Saturday, April 21, 2018
Troupville Boat Ramp, 19664 Valdosta Hwy, Valdosta, GA 31602: on GA 133 off I-75 exit 18.
Park here to walk to the cleanup site.
No boat required, but if you want to bring a boat, you can put in here and paddle back.
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.