WWALS thanks Georgia Power for financial grant for water quality testing

Hahira, GA, August 25, 2022 — WWALS and Georgia Power gathered at the Little River to discuss “a great partnership that works for everybody here” with Georgia Power again providing a grant for WWALS water quality testing.

[WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman, Georgia Power SW Director Joe Brownlee, Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman, Georgia Power SREAM Don Hutchinson]
WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman, Georgia Power SW Director Joe Brownlee, Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman, Georgia Power SREAM Don Hutchinson

“We want to say a giant thank-you to Georgia Power for funding our program,” said WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman. ”Our water quality program helps us to have clean water, so that when people come to use the river they know when it’s safe to swim or fish or go in their boats.”

“I want to thank y’all for what you do to keep our rivers clean, and make people aware of our wonderful natural resources,” said Joe Brownlee, Southwest Director, Georgia Power. “And help take care of those natural resources. It’s a great partnership that works for everybody here. We’re proud to be a part of it.”

“It’s really just an investment in our community,” said Don Hutchinson, South Region External Affairs Manager, Georgia Power. “It’s an investment in the people here, to where the people can come out and use our rivers and stuff and make sure they are clean.”

“Something is getting into the Withlacoochee River upstream of Valdosta, and we’re trying to find out whatever it is,” said Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman. “Whatever it is, it’s coming down Cat Creek and Beatty Branch, and we’re narrowing it down, for example by testing 19 locations yesterday. We can afford to do that because of this grant from Georgia Power.”

Here is a WWALS video:

Behind us you can see the WWALS at-water signs for Troupville Boat Ramp on the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT). We use the WWALS WLRWT map extensively in planning where to test for water quality.

For more about the WWALS volunteer water quality testing program, see:

About WWALS: Founded in June 2012, WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational charity. WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the surface waters and groundwater of the Suwannee River Basin and Estuary, in south Georgia and north Florida, among them the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds, through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities. Since December 2016, John S. Quarterman is the Suwannee Riverkeeper®, which is a staff position and a project of WWALS as the member of Waterkeeper® Alliance for the Suwannee River Basin.

Contact: Gretchen Quarterman, Executive Director
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.
wwalswatershed at gmail.com
WWALS Watershed Coalition
P.O. Box 88
Hahira, GA 31632