Update 2021-04-02: Ray City sewage spill in Berrien Press 2021-03-24.
Ray City and Lakeland, Georgia, have wastewater permits, and have never had a spill appear in GA-EPD’s Sewage Spills Report since 2015. That’s impressive, since pretty much everything else around them in Georgia has spilled at one time or another. Moody Air Force Base, for example, made statewide and national news for spilling PFAS firefighting chemicals from this wastewater plant and from other locations on base.
Ray City WPCP is towards the upper left of the map, about 8.4 creek miles upstream from the Withlacoochee River. Cat Creek reaches the river a bit downstream of Franklinville Landing, towards the lower left.
Moody AFB WPCP is to the right of Franklinville Landing on the map, on Beatty Branch, which in about a mile runs into Cat Creek, a few thousand feet upstream of the Withlacoochee River. currently operated by Lowndes County. See http://www.l-a-k-e.org/blog/?p=17140.
Lakeland WPCP is towards the right of the map, in the north edge of Lakeland, less than two creek miles upstream from where Big Creek 00311363 reaches the Alapaha River between Pafford’s Landing and Burnt Church Landing.
We have to use a number in the creek name to distinguish this Big Creek from all the others. Similarly, Lakeland WPCP is next to where Mill Creek 00318185 enters Big Creek 00311363. Why did everybody have to call everything Big Creek or Mill Creek?
These WPCPs are new additions to the WWALS list of Big Georgia Wastewater Permits in the Suwannee River Basin. These National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater permits include schedules of testing, with permissable levels, so we find it useful to keep them on file. Thanks to Alyssa Thomson, Environmental Specialist, Wastewater Regulatory Program, Municipal Permitting Unit, for updates via email on the Ray City and Lakeland WPCPs.
They’re all on the WWALS website.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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