Here is video of Steve Nichols and Suwannee Riverkeeper talking about the Songwriting Contest on the radio, last Tuesday morning at 8:30 AM, 105.9 FM WVGA.
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The Contest Finals are this Saturday (tomorrow), 7-9 PM, August 22, 2020, at the Turner Center Art Park, 605 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601.
Scott James of 92.1 FM will be the M.C. The headliner, Dirty Bird and the Flu, will play. Then each of the three judges will play. The finalists will play for the judges and you the audience. Somebody will win the $300 First Prize, and the other prizes.
Bring your own chairs and tables if you can. We will have some, but if you can bring your own, that will be great. There’s plenty of room to have tables spaced apart. We will be requiring masks when you go up to the WWALS information tables or close to others not in your group.
Food will be by Rico’s Tacos’ food truck. Drinks will be provided by the Pour House.
For much more, follow this link: https://wwals.net/pictures/2020-08-22–songwriting/
Video at 3:33. Steve Nichols asked why I was so involved in this water stuff.
A century ago, my grandfather ran the Valdosta waterworks, in the building where Georgia Beer Company is located now.
He bought the farm (literally) in 1921, and built a pond on the little creek that runs into the Withlacoochee River.
My aunt, Dr. Elsie Quarterman, was Professor of Plant Ecology at Vanderbilt University, and she got her interest in botany on the same land grandpa bought in 1921, where I live now.
The Valdosta waterworks building was in sad shape for many years after the wells moved north to their current location on Guest Road.
Finally, Georgia Beer Company got a deal for the building.
And now it’s a thriving place again.
Steve asked what we have coming up.
Saturday, August 29, 2020, there’s a cleanup on Twomile Branch and Sugar Creek, instigated by our very active WWALS member Scotti Jay, and with the cooperation of the neighboring landowner.
Also Saturday, August 29, 2020, there’s a Bike and Paddle on the Suwannee River, with option overnight camping. We avoid the shuttle pandemic problem by taking bicycles from the takeout back to the put-in at the beginning of the paddle.
Saturday, September 12, 2020, there’s a Cleanup at Berrien Beach Boat Ramp on the Alapaha River.
Also Saturday, September 12, 2020, there’s training for water quality testing. The training will mostly take place online.
On Saturday, October 10, 2020, in conjunction with Lowndes County, WWALS will be doing a three-location cleanup at Troupville Boat Ramp on the Little River, at Langdale Park on the Withlacoochee River, and at Naylor Boat Ramp on the Alapaha River. Stay tuned for the announcement with details.
On Saturday, October 24, 2020, there’s the Third Annual WWALS Boomerang paddle race from Georgia into Florida and back.
I bet nobody raised their hand when I asked if anybody wants to drink dirty water. As Steve always says, it doesn’t matter your political persuasion, everybody likes clean water.
For all about water quality testing, see https://wwals.net/issues/testing/.
For how we got to the current situation see Current Situation of Water Quality Testing, Suwannee River Basin 2020-08-02
For more about why we think ruminants, especially cattle, are the source of much of the recent river water contamination with E. coli, see WWALS Summary of FDEP chemical and biological tracers, Withlacoochee and Suwannee Rivers 2020-08-05.
Due to the general virus pandemic situation and recent executive orders from the Georgia Governor, we will be requiring masks when you’re approaching people not in your party. We will have masks if you didn’t bring one. We will have hand sanitizing stations. Before the event starts, we will mark with chark and four spots far enough apart that while you’re sitting with your party, you’ll have no need of a mask.
Steve mentioned that Sementha Mathews said hello. She’s the head of the Turner Center for the Arts, and we thank her for the use of the Art Park, which has plenty of room.
Thanks to Georgia Beer Company for being our Top Tier Sponsor for the Songwriting Contest.
I think Jack Martin likes the sponsor banner.
Here’s the video:
Songwriting Contest on Steve Nichols radio show 2020-08-18
Video by John S. Quarterman for WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS).
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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