FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Board and Committee members sought by WWALS Watershed Coalition, a WATERKEEPER® Affiliate
Hahira, June 20th, 2015 — From paddle races to opposing
pipelines to building water trails for recreation,
landowner protection, and economy, local nonprofit WWALS Watershed Coalition
seeks additional members, committee members, and board members to
extend advocacy for the watersheds of the Withlacoochee,
Willacoochee, Alapaha, and Little Rivers. Applications are now being
accepted online for committee and board members to be elected at the
July 8th Annual Meeting in Adel, Georgia, and anyone can pay for a
membership at any time.
WWALS Secretary Garry Gentry of Tifton said:
“I have been involved with WWALS since almost the beginning and common sense says we need clean water and good stewardship of our planet to leave as a legacy for the next generation.”
Last month thirty people paddled and won prizes in the Third Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race organized by WWALS and Friends of Reed Bingham State Park.
This month WWALS paddled up the Alapahoochee River from Sasser Landing to see the Turket Creek Waterfall, then down the Alapaha River past springs and the Suck Hole or Devil’s Den, to the Dead River, where a short walk led to the The Siphon, where the water disappears underground. As Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in his famous poem, Kubla Khan:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round;
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
That outing continued WWALS exploration of the exotic topography and
subtropical vegetation and wildlife of Alapaha River. Alapaha River
Water Trail Committee members are wanted to help place road signs
and kiosks at access points to go with the freshly printed WRWT map
brochures. Plus members are wanted to help monitorwater quality and invasive
species both on outings and elsewhere.
WWALS Treasurer Gretchen Quarterman of Lowndes County remarked:
“Without clean safe water, we cannot live. Protecting our environment, the rivers, the soil, the aquifer is fundamental to the success of our community.”
WWALS is starting a Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail, which runs much nearer Moultrie, Adel, Hahira, Quitman, and Madison, so people from Colquitt, Cook, Brooks, and Madison Counties may want to join the new WRWT Committee.
Because WWALS was recently approved by WATERKEEPER® Alliance as a WATERKEEPER® Affiliate, it has gained access to more national and international allies in advocacy such as opposing the unnecessary, environmentally damaging, and hazardous Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline, and more people would be most helpful in leveraging those contacts.
WWALS Annual Meeting—July 8, 2015
Each year, WWALS holds an annual meeting with the presentation and
review of the annual report and the election of board members at a
July meeting. The meeting is scheduled this year for July 8, 2015 at
7:00pm at the IHOP in Adel GA. All WWALS members are invited to
attend and those who attend are eligible to vote in the election.
Those members interested in being considered for a board position
should fill in a WWALS Board Member Application form and submit it
by July 1, 2015 for consideration by the nominating committee.
Questions about the board or how to participate on a committee
should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former WWALS board member Karan A. Rawlins of Tifton, who has moved on to be president of the Georgia Exotic Pest Council, noted:
“WWALS is great group with an important role to play in keeping our local waterways safe. You have done an amazing job and should be proud of your accomplishments.”
For more on why you should join WWALS in watershed conservation, biographies of current board members with why they are involved are online with a link to the application form at
Contact:John S. Quarterman, President
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.
PO Box 88, Hahira, GA 31632