WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Elimination of the proposed boondoggle is just what the state needs
TALLAHASSEE, February 3, 2021 — The announcement today of a bill filed in the
and soon to be filed in the House, to repeal the
bill that created M-CORES, the program that would construct 330
miles of unneeded and fiscally dangerous toll roads through rural
Florida, was welcomed by No Roads to Ruin Coalition partners from
across the state. After 93% of public comments were opposed to
M-CORES, the failure by FDOT and outside analysts to identify any
need at all for these roads, and the brutally obvious fiscal reasons
to stop the M-CORES process in its tracks, repealing the bill and
devoting the billions of dollars it would have devoured instead to
critical state needs is exactly what Floridians need.
“Need should have been established before wasting millions of dollars on M-CORES workshops, but that was not possible, because there is no need,”
said John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER, WWALS Watershed Coalition.
“US 19 from Crystal River to Thomasville, Georgia has nowhere near enough traffic to justify the Suncoast Connector toll road, before even getting into the damage it would cause the Suwannee River, springs, farms, and forests. Cancel M-CORES and spend some of the money directly on pandemic relief, rural broadband, solar panels and batteries, and hurricane shelters,”
They plan to finish planting all of the ARWT at-water signs in Georgia soon.
Just in Georgia, because these signs, posts, and related brochures were mostly
paid for by a generous grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA-DNR).
We also thank the counties of Berrien, Atkinson, Lanier, Lowndes, and Echols
for their support for the ARWT, either through a resolution in support of the ARWT,
or through permission to plant signs.
All of these locations have the same top sign for the entire Alapaha River Water Trail: Continue reading →