BIG Little River Paddle Race on Chris Beckham drive-time radio WVGA 105.9 FM 8:00 AM 2016-05-16

Update 2016-05-19: video of the radio interview, and don’t forget the paddle race is this Saturday!

Everybody listens to the radio in the car on the way to work, and Monday morning 8:00 AM I’ll be talking about the BIG Little River Paddle Race: community, water, trees, birds, fish, sunshine, and fun! $50 cash prize for first place, plus awards in numerous categories, or just paddle leisurely. It’s the fourth annual at Reed Bingham State Park, between Adel and Moultrie, on the border of Cook and Colquitt Counties, only 40 minutes from Valdosta. The Paddle Race is weekend after next, Saturday, May 21st, and you can sign up online or at the event. Before that, a radio show to talk about the paddle race.

When: 8:00AM Monday May 16th 2016

Where: 105.9 FM WVGA, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia

What: John S. Quarterman, president of WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc., on Chris Beckham drive-time radio show

How: Listen on the air, or through many online services such as Streema.

I’ll also take video and post it (posted 2016-05-19), like I did before.

Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline

Yes, I’ll mention progress stopping the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline, but this radio show is mostly about all the other things WWALS does.

Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail

June 4th in Florida, you can come paddle with WWALS from Florida Campsites Ramp to Suwannee River State Park, on the Withlacoochee River: springs, rapids, and will the chair still be there?

July 9th we’ll be paddling on the Withlacoochee River in south Lowndes County to Florida, Nankin to Madison Highway, Withlacoochee River, 2016-07-09, three years since we did that before. Come help us find MacIntyre Spring, as we continue our exploration of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.

The Valdosta-Lowndes Tourism Authority has contributed $500 towards printing a WLRWT brochure, expanding on our current WLRWT Pamphlet.

Alapaha River Water Trail

We just paddled (twice) the Alapaha River from US 84 to Mayday, with its exotic A+ scenery, and people fishing and swimming around every bend. Plus lots of rapids. We got to present our new Fallers award; thanks Phil Hubbard for designing and making those! We started where Lowndes County has purchased land for a boat ramp. These outings continue the WWALS series of paddles exploring the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT), with a few more stretches still to go.

We just reprinted another 5,000 copies of the ARWT brochure, thanks to funding from the Hamilton County, Florida Tourism Development Committee. And we’re negotiating with GDOT about placing signs at access points. You or your organization can help WWALS build the ARWT by contributing time or money, as V-L Tourism, Hamilton County TDC, and others have already done.

More Outings and Advocacy

Watch the WWALS blog, facebook page, or twitter, and newsletter for still more outings and events, or check the WWALS calendar.

On the radio Monday I’ll also try to mention Valdosta’s ongoing wastewater improvements. There are questions still to be answered, but they say they will be finished this month with the two big pieces of their wastewater fixes: the force main, and the new, uphill, out-of-the-flood-plain Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant.

I’ll also ask what is Bill Gates up to with his recent purchases of thousands of acres of farmland in five six counties around here?

If you want to help with this work or any of the other dozen WWALS goals, we’re always looking for more committee members or board members.


You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!