Saturday’s River and Creek Cleanup went well. Here are pictures from Troupville Boat Ramp up from Land Between the Rivers on the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers, from Sugar Creek at the Salty Snapper, and from Drexel Park on Onemile Branch.
Thanks to recent cleanups by Valdosta Stormwater, Sugar Creek wasn’t bad, but we found plenty of trash between the Salty Snapper parking lot and the creek, and Scotti and Sara hauled up from the woods a tire with rim and a satellite dish.
Thanks to Stafford, the owner of the parking lot on St. Augustine Road at Hightower Creek, keeping it much cleaner, there should be less trash coming down Sugar Creek.
Thanks to weeksly cleanups by Lowndes County Litter Control, Troupville Boat Ramp itself was pretty clean, but there was no shortage of trash to pick up downstream at Land Between the Rivers. Thanks to landowner Helen Tapp for getting her hunting lease to hold off for the day.
You don’t see this very often: Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter and Valdosta Mayor Scott James doing actual work together.
Later, they told everyone they were working together to purchase Helen’s land to add to the existing park to form a bigger nature park with a Troupville River Camp.
At Sugar Creek we had a family of four (one girl was already in the car) plus long-time WWALS volunteers Scott and Sara Jay.
And Brian Collins here with Scotti, Sara, and Suwannee Riverkeeper.
These two items were found well inland from the creek, apparently deposited during flooding. They came from far up the creek. Since Cook Out is in the Stafford parking lot, maybe we’ll see less of that in Sugar Creek.
The infamous trashjam had almost only styrofoam (which is impossible to pick up) this time, because of the recent Valdosta Stormwater cleanups.
Apparently Drexel Park on Onemile Branch had the same number of volunteers as at Sugar Creek: eight.
The most people showed up at Troupville Boat Ramp, and hauled quite a bit of trash up from Land Between The Rivers, the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers.
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-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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