Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman interviewed Russell Allen McBride on a cold winter’s day on another WWALS Withlacoochee River Cleanup from Knights Ferry to Nankin Boat Ramps.
Many of us eight volunteers recognized the trash as having the same brand names as what we frequently find in Sugar Creek, Hightower Creek, One Mile Branch, Two Mile Branch, and Three Mile Branch in Valdosta. Beer cans, plastic bottles, and, worst of all, styrofoam, which breaks into small pieces that wildlife eat and cannot digest.
Videos: Valdosta trash on the Withlacoochee River 2022-12-17
Videos by John S. Quarterman for WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS).
Much of this trash had obviously been there for years. Apparently the one WaterGoat trash trap on Sugar Creek is helping. But that one gets overwhelmed in big rains, with trash washing over it. The City of Valdosta has been promising more trash traps on more creeks for many months now, but we don’t see any action.
Also, city personnel were invited to come to these river cleanups. None did.
Valdosta has a bunch of Best Management Practices (BMPs) aimed at “reducing the amount of debris reaching the waters of the State.” These are in its CITY OF VALDOSTA STORM WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (SWMP), MINIMUM CONTROL MEASURE (MCM) – F: POLLUTION PREVENTION / GOOD HOUSEKEEPING FOR MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS.
Seems to me the Withlacoochee River is a water of the state of Georgia, and Valdosta’s BMPs are not adequate.
For much more on this trash problem, see:
Below are links to each individual WWALS video.
Garrett Road Trash Jam
Bags from Garrett Road Trash Jam
Floating Trash Jam
Suzy Hall with trash at Redland Creek
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®