Thanks to Jim Tatum of OSFR for reporting from the
April 25th meeting of the twelve-Florida-county Rivers Task Force
meeting in Lake City.
Task Force on Valdosta Spills
says the Task Force is asking Florida Senator Rubio to speed permitting
for Valdosta’s WWTP catch basin.
It doesn’t say whether they get the point that the other third of Valdosta’s
December spills would not be affected by that.
It says they’re still agonizing about direct notification of spills.
Our experience with Valdosta and that of many others is that it’s
not worth wasting time expecting Valdosta to notify anybody except
the state of Georgia, which is why it’s so useful that
GA-EPD publishes Sewage Spill Reports each business day.
That’s been going on since December 20, 2018, after 30 organizations
in Georgia and Florida, including OSFR, signed a resolution asking
GA-EPD to do that.
Photo: Jim Tatum for OSFR;
Darlene Velez of SRWMD explains the water quality missions of the state agencies.
The hot button at the moment is water quality monitoring and
sampling. Thanks to OSFR’s Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and WWALS
‘ John Quarterman, it was revealed some time ago that water
sampling has been less than adequate by our (and Georgia’s)
agencies, lacking even a baseline for comparison in places.
Once called out, the agencies have been scrambling and Ms. Velez’
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