Suwannee: Wild River on PBS 2023-09-06

This aired a few days ago on PBS: Suwannee: Wild River, in the series AMERICA OUTDOORS WITH BARATUNDE THURSTON, Season 2 Episode 1 | 53m 8s.

The Suwannee is one of the last wild rivers in America, and its watershed creates woods and wetlands, marshes, and cave systems. From its headwaters in the Okefenokee Swamp, Baratunde journeys downstream, meeting colorful denizens of the Suwannee. From jet skiers to herpetologists, manatees to snapping turtles, he learns how this unique environment inspires a whole range of passions.

[Baratunde Thurston in the Okefenokee Swamp and Rev. Antoine Nixon at the Suwannee Canal on PBS 2023-09-06]
Baratunde Thurston in the Okefenokee Swamp and Rev. Antoine Nixon at the Suwannee Canal on PBS 2023-09-06

It’s on YouTube:

The host, Baratunde Thurston, travels from the Okefenokee Swamp down the Suwannee River to the Gulf of Mexico, interviewing people along the way.

If you don’t know Rev. Antoine Nixon, you should. He’s a very effective opponent of the proposed strip mine too near the Okefenokee Swamp.

[Rev. Antoine Nixon]
Rev. Antoine Nixon

For what you can do to stop that mine:

You’ll probably recognize many places, such as the Suwannee Springs Bridge. I admit I had never heard of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club he interviews there.

I’m not a fan of the jet skiers, but at least he asks them some questions about some of the potential destructive effects of their activities. Sure, their boats don’t have propellors, so the can’t slice manatees, but they can run them over at high speeds, while damaging docks and shorelines with wakes.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can help with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable, water in the 10,000-square-mile Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia by becoming a WWALS member today!