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.
Somebody asked recently whether it is possible to paddle a week on the
Withlacoochee River in Georgia in June.
Sure, as long as you start not too far upstream
Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT),
you can paddle past shoals and little-known Georgia springs
into the Florida springs heartland, and then continue a day or two on the
Suwannee River Wilderness Trail (SRWT).
WWALS has paddled many of the most interesting stretches multiple times,
often in June.
A leisurely two-mile morning paddle from the recently reopened Langdale Park on the largest river through the biggest city in the Suwannee River Basin,
arriving at the recently rediscovered Sugar Creek Landing, well in time for the
Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest in the afternoon.
Bring: the usual personal flotation device, boat paddles, food, drinking water, clothes, and first aid kit.
Also trash pickers and trash bags: every WWALS outing is also a cleanup.
If you don’t have a boat, let us know; we may able to loan you one.
Free: This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 (ten dollars) for non-members.
We recommend you support the work of WWALS by
becoming a WWALS member today!
The rainiest season in south Georgia and north Florida is the summer,
yet that’s when rivers are usually the lowest.
Here are seven years of data from the USGS Withlacoochee River Gauge at US 41 (North Valdosta Road) in Valdosta, Georgia.
Rain is pretty steady through the year (except when there’s no rain),
yet the river level varies wildly, highest in the winter, usually.
Unless there are hurricanes in the fall, as happened in
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.
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.