Well, Valdosta Mayor John Gayle sent this letter to GA-DNR week before last, although the part of DNR I talked to Monday was unaware of that. Today I got a copy from the City Clerk and forwarded it to GA-DNR.
On behalf of the Valdosta City Council, it is with great pleasure that we supply this letter of support for the WWALS Watershed Coalition’s pre-application for grant assistance for the Troupville River Camp in Lowndes County.
The Troupville River Camp would be a great asset to our community. The proposed property is in an excellent location near the Confluence of the Little River with the Withlacoochee River and not far from I-75 and GA Highway 133. The initial investment for this project would be small and the long-term eco-tourism it would create would be far reaching. Not only would the Troupville River Camp be a boon to Valdosta and Lowndes County, but also for other communities in South Georgia and North Florida,
We want to make Valdosta a place where people will want to live, work, and play and the Troupville River Camp would help us to achieve that goal. We wholeheartedly recommend and humbly ask for your consideration of the pre-application for grant assistance for the Troupville River Camp in Lowndes County.
This is the letter that Valdosta City Council approved in their last meeting of December 2019.
Troupville River Camp at the center of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT), downstream from Tift, Colquitt, Cook, and Berrien Counties, Georgia, between Brooks and Lowndes Counties, and upstream from Madison, Hamilton, and Suwannee Counties, Florida.
All the support letters received in support of the WWALS grant pre-application to the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program (GOSP) are in the collection on the WWALS website. They include this Valdosta letter, ones bh Lowndes County, Georgia, and Madison and Madison Counties, Florida, by the Suwannee River Water Management District, by Valdosta-Lowndes County Tourism Authority, by the President of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, by a Valdosta State University Geology Professor, by a prominent local architect, by the president of Valdosta Disc Golf, and by the landowner.
Today was the deadline, so this concludes our appeals for such letters. There is one more item to blog. After that, we wait and see what DNR thinks.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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