Much improved, the trash situation in the two-acre cypress swamp the City of Valdosta owns at Barack Obama Blvd. and Ricardo Street; the one with the Pepsi Adopt-A-Spot sign.
I now give Valdosta Stormwater an A- for upkeep of this tract.
Maybe if you report a trash or other problem through Valdosta’s Click ‘n’ Fix, maybe they’ll do something about that problem, too.
With this drought, the swamp is dry enough to walk right through the middle. There is occasional trash.
Such as this Bud Light can, but you have to pay attention to see it.
It helps that there is a trash can near the Adopt-A-Spot sign and people are using it.
Follow this link for many more pictures.
I also checked back on August 10, 2022, when there was still standing water in the swamp. It was pretty clean then as far as I could see.
There was some trash along the streets. Here’s a Fry Bomb cup on the sidewalk.
Here’s a Zacadoo’s cup at the culvert under Barack Obama Blvd. that leads to the drainage ditch to One Mile Branch.
There are more pictures from August 10, 2022 on the WWALS website.
Sure, getting to this pretty clean situation took many Click ‘n’ Fix updates and talking to two offices of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA-EPD). But Valdosta Stormwater does appear to finally be mostly keeping it clean, and this trash out of One Mile Branch.
Many thanks to Bobby McKenzie for finding this problem and for keeping on top of it.
Purely for location reference, this two-acre cypress swamp is just south of the headquarters of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority (VLPRA). VLPRA has nothing to do with that two acres, which is owned and managed by the City of Valdosta.
Here are previous episodes in this trashy saga:
- Two acres of trash on Valdosta City land at VLPRA HQ, above One Mile Branch 2022-03-09
- Still there: Two acres of trash on Valdosta City land at VLPRA HQ, above One Mile Branch 2022-03-09
- Floating trash in cypress swamp below VLPRA HQ in Valdosta 2022-04-13
- Refurbished Pepsi Adopt-A-Spot sign, Barack Obama Blvd., Valdosta, GA 2022-08-17.
- Valdosta Block Club added to Pepsi sign at Barack Obama and Ricardo 2022-08-28.
According to the Lowndes County Tax Assessors maps, the City of Valdosta owns both the trashed property and the VLPRA HQ immediately to its north.
On this aerial map, you can see what looks like a drainage ditch running due west behind the houses on the north side of Ricardo Street, heading to One Mile Branch, just upstream from Vallotton Park. And it is a drainage ditch: I’ve walked much of the way down it, before it is blocked by deadfalls the city needs to remove.
Zooming farther out, you can see downstream on One Mile Branch is Drexel Park, VSU, and Sugar Creek, which flows into the Withlacoochee River.
So, try Click ‘n’ Fix. See what happens.
For more on the trash situation, see
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®