Thanks to a generous Educational Recreational Trails Program grant
from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources,
on the WWALS website are images of new metal signs to go near the water along the WWALS water trails:
They have all gone to the metal sign printer.
You can still help defray the cash match, and yes, we will sell you a pair of signs if you like.
If you click on any small image, you will see a larger image. Click again and get a still larger image. Or click on the word PDF to get a PDF version.
These signs go in pairs on each signpost:
- The top sign is about the entire water trail.
- The bottom sign is about the specific access point.
Here are three examples, for Statenville Boat Ramp on the Alapaha River, in the Alapaha River Water Trail, and for the two rivers in the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail, for Red Roberts Landing on the Little River, and for Langdale Park Boat Ramp on the Withlacoochee River.
As part of the grant, we ordered extra copies of eight of these signs as spares and for educational display and demonstration purposes.
Also included for reference, but not part of the DNR RTP grant, is the ARWT sign we previously planted at Naylor Boat Ramp on the Alapaha River, and the WLRWT signs we previously planted at Troupville, Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps on the Withlacoochee River.
The DNR grant also funded purchasing metal signposts and hardware from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for these at-water metal signs. Plus the grant funded purchase of thirty 80-pound bags of QuiKrete for the bases of the at-water signs.
We haven’t forgotten about Florida, and we will make at-water signs to go there later. This grant was from Georgia, so all these signs go in Georgia.
And the grant funded paying GDOT to make and plant road signs in Cook County. Many thanks to Cook County Clerk Vicki Parrish and the Cook County Commission for writing to GDOT to authorize those purchases of signposts for the at-water signs and of road signs, and for GDOT to plant signs even on Cook County roads.
Finally, the grant funded 10,000 copies each of new z-fold water trail brochures for both the ARWT and the WLRWT. Those will go up and down I-75 and I-95 in both Georgia and Florida. If you want some brochures, let us know. More on that later.
We did have to pay a cash match to get the grant, so if you like you can donate to help defray that cost.
Also, if you like these signs enough, we can print you a pair for the reasonable price of $50 each. Signpost and shipping not included.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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