All about the Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle this Saturday at Troupville Boat Ramp just west of Valdosta, down to Spook Bridge on the Withlacoochee River: Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson and Suwannee Riverkeeper talked about that on his 92.1 FM radio show Tuesday.
Plus trash, sewage, and you can help stop a strip mine too near the Okefenokee Swamp.
Thanks to the Mayor for being a good sport about being grilled about the numerous recent Valdosta sewage spills, totalling almost a million gallons. You can see the bypass pump from his driveway.
On the other hand, I praised Valdosta City Engineer Ben O’Dowd
and Stormwater Manager Angela Bray so much about recent progress
in fixing Valdosta’s chronic trash spill problem
that he finally said he had to wrap up the show.
Don’t forget to send comment to GA-EPD against the proposed strip mine
far too near the Okefenokee Swamp.
And ask your Georgia statehouse members (or those of your friends or family)
sign on to HB 71 to prevent further such mines.
Thanks to Sementha Mathews of the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts for playing straight man. I asked David Rodock about her suggestion of him playing music in a boat during the paddle, and he said he would do it! David won First Prize at last year’s Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realize Sementha was staying while I was there, so I did not have the video camera pan out to show her, but you can sort of see her reflected in the door between me and the Mayor.
Here is a WWALS YouTube playlist:
Below are links to each WWALS video of each major topic.
Trash trap on Two Mile Branch, Valdosta
Suwannee Riverkeeper with WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc., wwals.net
Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle 2023-03-04
Valdosta sewage spills
Valdosta trash improvements
Russell McBride sweep, Phil Hubbard lead, Steve Miller Spook Bridge, paddle
Lee Street Detention Pond Trash Trap: Stormwater Division did that
Send comment to GA-EPD against strip mine, Okefenokee Swamp, HB 77
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®