Fifty-five percent of U.S. river and stream lengths were in poor
condition for aquatic life, largely under threat from runoff
contaminated by fertilizers, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency said on Tuesday.
High levels of phosphorus and nitrogen, runoff from urban areas,
shrinking ground cover and pollution from mercury and bacteria were
putting the 1.2 million miles of streams and rivers surveyed under
stress, the EPA said.
“This new science shows that America’s streams and rivers are under
significant pressure,” Nancy Stone, acting administrator of the
EPA’s Office of Water, said in a statement.
Twenty-one percent of the United States’ river and stream length was
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Valdosta City Council Tim Carroll spoke about the need for watershed-wide
planning to reduce flooding and provide water for agriculture with
distributed flood containment reservoirs.
materials he sent in advance
as well as to some additional data about water quality measurements
upstream and downstream of selected points.
And he sent an update the next day.
More than three years after Janet McMahan
found toxic levels of arsenic in her well water in Ben Hill County,
more than half a year after
she told us about it
WWALS water quality testing training,
and four months after
Erin Brokovich agreed it was a problem,
the Georgia Departnment of Health finally has sounded the alarm.
They still left out part of the story, though.
Valdosta City Council member Tim Carroll will speak tonight
at the monthly WWALS Watershed Coalition board meeting
at 7:30 PM at the IHOP in Adel (exit 39 from I-75, 1200 W 4th St, Adel, GA, 229-896-2662); the public is invited.
In advance he sent the appended letter from the City of Valdosta
to the Army Corps of Engineers requesting assistance related to
flooding and droughts.
March 11, 2013
Chief of Planning Division
US Army Corps of Engineers – Savannah District Office
100 W. Oglethorpe Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Dear Mr. Bailey,
Over the last several years, the City of Valdosta and neighboring
communities have been severely impacted by the increase of flood
events that have occurred throughout our region and particularly the
drainage basin we are located in. The city recognizes the various
levels of responsibility throughout government agencies for flood
management and flood control and is interested in furthering the
discussions to understand the changes that are occurring and to
ensure the protection of our communities from future flood events.
In February 2009, the city began updating its 1996 Master Stormwater
Management Plan. In April, just two months later, our county along
with 46 counties in south Georgia, experienced historic flooding and
were declared disaster areas. The Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) reported