Prizes to high school logo contest winners Saturday at Alapaha River Water Trail Conference


Prizes to high school logo contest winners Saturday at Alapaha River Water Trail Conference

Adel, March 10th 2015 — WWALS Watershed Coalition will award prizes to high school student artists for first, second, and third place logo contest winners and an honorable mention at the Alapaha River Water Trail Conference this Saturday March 14th, near Alapaha, Georgia. The winning logo will appear in an Alapaha River Water Trail brochure along with lists of prize contributors and Water Trail sponsors. The afternoon’s festivities will conclude with an easy paddle outing on the Alapaha River. facebook event.

The logo will be used on the Alapaha River Water Trail website, on promotional brochures, and on information at access points along the river that will be posted on kiosks.

Many thanks to the prize donors: Wild Adventures Theme Park, Hometown Handyman Chris Mericle, Camping World Retail Store, Dr. Bret Wagenhorst, Jasper Hardware, and Garry Gentry.

Winners will be announced, prizes awarded, and their logos unveiled at the

WWALS Alapaha River Water Trail Conference
When: 1-4 PM Saturday March 14th, 2015
Where: Gaskins Forest Education Center
3359 Moore Sawmill Rd
Alapaha, Georgia.

The current agenda for the Conference is:

  • 1PM: Welcome,
    by Gretchen Quarterman, WWALS Treasurer and Conference Facilitator
  • 30 minutes: Meet and Greet
    with refreshments: you can bring your own pot luck
  • 5 minutes: Introduction to WWALS and the Water Trail,
    by Dave Hetzel, WWALS Ambassador
  • 15 minutes: Slide presentation on the Alapaha River Water Trail,
    by John S. Quarterman, WWALS President
  • 5 min: Q&A after each talk,
    also referring people to later open discussion.
  • 15 min: Logo contest winners,
    by Deanna Mericle, Contest Coordinator
  • 5 min: Water Trail Brochure Presentation,
    by Chris Graham, Chair, WWALS ARWT Committee
  • 5 min: Q&A or comments
  • 15 min: Break
  • 15 min: Unique geological features of the Alapaha River,
    by Burt Carter, Geology Professor, Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA
  • 5 min: Q&A
  • 15 min: Fauna and flora seen boating on the Alapaha River,
    by Bret Wagenhorst, WWALS Board Member
  • 5 min: Q&A
  • 15 min: Water quality testing and experiences on the Alapaha River,
    by Al Browning, WWALS Board Member
  • 30+ min: Open discussion,
    up to 3 minutes each, with Q&A after each speaker
  • 5 min: Wrapup,
    by Gretchen Quarterman, WWALS Treasurer and meeting facilitator
  • 3:30 PM: Adjourn
  • 4PM: Easy Outing on the Alapaha River at GA 135.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference and on the river!


WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS), a Georgia nonprofit corporation and an IRS 501(c)3, is an advocacy organization working for watershed conservation of the Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River Systems watershed in south Georgia and north Florida through awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen advocacy.

These events are FREE! All we ask is that you are a current member of WWALS Watershed Coalition. If not, it’s easy to join online today at /donations/. You do not have to be a member to come to the Conference or to paddle on this outing. If you like the experience, we recommend that you join to support the efforts of WWALS.

About the Alapaha River Water Trail

The Alapaha River Water Trail runs 125 miles on the scenic 202-mile blackwater Alapaha River, from US 82 east of Alapaha, Georgia in Berrien County, through Atkinson, Lanier, Lowndes, Echols Counties, to the confluence of the Alapaha River with the Suwannee River in Hamilton County, Florida. It also includes many lakes, ponds, and swamps that are boatable year-round.

In June 2014, WWALS received a grant of $500 from Georgia River Network to print brochures, maps, and cards for this Water Trail. WWALS is grateful to acknowledge an additional $250 from the Hamilton County, Florida Tourist Development Council (TDC) and $500 from the Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center and Tourism Authority, as well as letters of support from the TDC and the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, plus a resolution by the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. These ARWT sponsors will be listed in the brochure to be distributed at the Conference.

Further materials are being developed online, and the rest of the printed materials will be available before May 2015. All materials will include the logo resulting from this contest.

WWALS thanks our logo contest judges:

  • Julie Bowland, Art Professor at Valdosta State University,
  • John Fitton, member of the Lakeland Georgia Chamber of Commerce,
  • Dennis Price, member of the Hamilton County Florida Tourism Council,
  • Chris Graham, Chair, WWALS Alapaha River Water Trail Committee.


Logo Contest Coordinator: Deanna Mericle,

WWALS ARWT Committee Chair: Chris Graham,, 229-588-1392

WWALS President: John S. Quarterman,, 229-242-0102