Lowering the boom at Sugar Creek 2022-01-23

Update 2022-01-31: Another trash boom across Sugar Creek 2022-01-30.

Maybe this will catch some trash before it floats down Sugar Creek to the Withlacoochee River.

[Boom and preparations]
Boom and preparations

Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman and WWALS Science Committee Chair Dr. Tom Potter brought some 3/4-inch sissel rope and 4-inch flexible drain pipe down to Sugar Creek at the bottom of the Salty Snapper property off Gornto Road, and turned it into a boom across the creek.

For why we did this, see Sugar Creek Trash 2022-01-15.

[3/4 inch sissel rope and 4 inch flexible drain pipe]
3/4 inch sissel rope and 4 inch flexible drain pipe

Here’s the pile of logs Valdosta Stormwater cut out of the creek in November. Previously those logs formed a trashjam which WWALS and a few times Stormwater cleaned out.

[Pile of logs with trash]
Pile of logs with trash

We used a few plastic bottles from the log pile, along with some we brought, and a bunch of bubble wrap, and some styrofoam, to stuff the pipe to make it float. A use for styrofoam!

[Preparing]
Preparing

Bobby McKenzie arrived in time for the deployment. Yes, we ran it one way across and then turned it around to get the longer rope on the west side where the tree was farther from the water.

[Deploying]
Deploying

Here’s the boom across the creek. Twomile Branch comes in just upstream of the boom, in the upper right of the picture.

[Boom across]
Boom across

And seen from my boat on the east side.

[Boom]
Boom

Here’s a WWALS video playlist taken every 10 seconds by the WWALS GOPRO 360 camera:


Lowering the boom at Sugar Creek 2022-01-23
Between Twomile Branch and the Withlacoochee River, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia.
Video by John S. Quarterman for WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS),

Views upstream and downstream from the east end of the boom. Quite a nice creek for paddling, if it didn’t have so much trash coming down it from parking lots with fast food outlets.

[Upstream, 11:53:08, 30.8623616, -83.3185051]
Upstream, 11:53:08, 30.8623616, -83.3185051

[Downstream, 11:53:10, 30.8623616, -83.3185051]
Downstream, 11:53:10, 30.8623616, -83.3185051

This is an example what we’re trying to prevent: a trashjam a bit farther downstream.

[Green ball trash, 11:58:12, 30.8632783, -83.3190173]
Green ball trash, 11:58:12, 30.8632783, -83.3190173

There was not much trash at the Withlacoochee River, presumably because it had already washed downstream.

[Trash already washed downstream, 12:06:34, 30.8641817, -83.3199090]
Trash already washed downstream, 12:06:34, 30.8641817, -83.3199090

The river was quite high, 13.25′ or 123.51′ NAVD88 on the US 41 (North Valdosta Road) USGS Gauge. Action Stage is 123.0′ and Minor Flood is 125.0′.

[Water quite high into pasture, 12:06:37, 30.8641817, -83.3199090]
Water quite high into pasture, 12:06:37, 30.8641817, -83.3199090

[River flowing in front of horse barn, 12:06:45, 30.8641817, -83.3199090]
River flowing in front of horse barn, 12:06:45, 30.8641817, -83.3199090

That’s Sugar Creek flowing into the Withlacoochee River.

[Confluence, 12:07:14, 30.8642187, -83.3200602]
Confluence, 12:07:14, 30.8642187, -83.3200602

I like these sycamore trees.

[Sycamores, 12:10:39, 30.8629300, -83.3189072]
Sycamores, 12:10:39, 30.8629300, -83.3189072

Look, it’s Nessie!

[Nessie, 12:12:28, 30.8625878, -83.3187734]
Nessie, 12:12:28, 30.8625878, -83.3187734

Yes, Dr. Potter and I know the boom is unevenly stuffed. If it doesn’t work like it is, we can go back and restuff as needed.

[Boom across Sugar Creek, 12:12:24, 30.8625878, -83.3187734]
Boom across Sugar Creek, 12:12:24, 30.8625878, -83.3187734

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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