Workshop at VSU, Outings, Movie, and Hike to the Suwannee River –WWALS to Lowndes County Commissioners

Following up on the invitation I gave them in person last week, I sent this to the Lowndes County Commissioners just now, addressed to all five voting Commissioners, the Chairman, and the County Clerk:

Subject: Workshop at VSU, Outings, Movie, and Hike to the Suwannee River

Dear Commissioners,

Thanks again for the continued work on the Alapaha Boat Ramp, which will contribute to the quality of life recommended in the Comprehensive Plan.

As I mentioned at your Regular Session last week, you are invited to several WWALS events coming up soon, especially this one, which requires no boats:

1:30 PM Saturday 27 February 2016:
Withlacoochee & Little River Water Trail Workshop

And there’s this brief boating outing entirely in Lowndes County:

9AM Sunday 20 March 2016:
Staten Road bridge to Langdale Park, Withlacoochee River

Even local citizens often don’t realize the Withlacoochee River is unusual in being undammed and mostly wild, yet flowing right through the biggest city and county in the entire Suwannee River Basin: Valdosta and Lowndes County.

Partly along the other side of Lowndes County, another paddle outing is scheduled:

8AM Saturday 23 April 2016:
Hotchkiss Road to Mayday, Alapaha River

That last one will paddle right by the site of the Naylor Boat Ramp, on the especially wild Alapaha River, rated A+ for scenery in at least one guidebook. The economic value of the Alapaha River Water Trail and the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail is recognized by the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority, the Tourism Authority, and the Chamber.

Regarding the Sabal Trail pipeline, the movie to which I invited you in Live Oak is online now: At What Cost? Pipelines, Pollution and Eminent Domain in the Rural South.

For your information, half a dozen Lowndes County citizens attended the Live Oak screening, even though it was an hour’s drive away.

Last night in Live Oak, the Suwannee County Board of Commissioners voted to oppose fracking in Florida and to support home rule against bills in the Florida legislature, supported by massive contributions from the fossil fuel industry, to deny home rule:

While there is no such bill in the Georgia legislature (yet), please be advised there is a shale gas basin under our feet right here in Lowndes County. Wouldn’t it be convenient for frackers to have that Sabal Trail pipeline already in place to ship their product?

You are invited to join Hamilton and Suwannee County, Florida Commissioners as they hike to the Suwannee River tomorrow morning to see the sinkholes Sabal Trail didn’t tell FERC about, right where Spectra Energy of Houston Texas proposes to bore under that river. The Suwannee River Valley Transit Authority will have a bus ready at 8AM Thursday February 18th at the:

Judicial Annex Building
218 Parshley St SW
Live Oak, FL 32064

WWALS would be happy to organize a hike to the Withlacoochee River where Sabal Trail proposes to bore from Brooks County to Lowndes County through the same type of fragile karst limestone containing the drinking water for Lowndes County.

And thank you once again for working on the Naylor Boat Ramp.

John S. Quarterman, President
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.
the WATERKEEPER® Affiliate for the upper Suwannee River
including its tributaries the Withlacoochee and Alapaha Rivers
member, Georgia River Network, Georgia Water Coalition,
Florida Springs Council, Floridians Against Fracking,
national River Network
PO Box 88, Hahira, GA 31632

Here’s the LAKE video from last week:

Workshop at VSU, Outings, Movie –WWALS to Lowndes County Commissioners
Lowndes County Commission, Regular Session, 9 February 2016
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).


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