Trash cans and chain link fence, Flying J Travel Center, I-75 Exit 2, Lake Park, GA 2024-04-16

Lake Octahatchee near Jennings, Florida, benefits from this cleaner detention pond near Lake Park, Georgia.

It took about three years from when a WWALS member reported it in August 2019 until Dennys and the Flying J at I-75 Exit 2 put in a chain link fence and trash cans in July 2022 to keep trash out of a detention pond.

Thanks again to Lowndes County Code Enforcement, its Director Mindy Bates, the Flying J, Dennys, Dynamis, and Deep South Sanitation for this cleanup and apparently permanent solution.

Also, thanks to all for never complaining that this site got reported and Suwannee Riverkeeper kept following up on it, and for never suggesting that we go do the cleanup work or pay for it.

[Trash cans & chain link fence, Flying J, I-75 Exit 2, In watershed of Lake Octahatchee]
Trash cans & chain link fence, Flying J, I-75 Exit 2, In watershed of Lake Octahatchee

When I checked it again this April, it’s still pretty clean, with almost no trash in the detention pond.

I was mistaken about where that water goes, when I last reported on it, saying it went down Deese Tract Creek into the Withlacoochee River upstream from Sullivan Launch.

According to the USGS The National Map, that detention pond is actually in the watershed of Lake Octahatchee, southeast of Belleville Road (Hamilton County NW CR 145). Most of Lake Octahatchee is owned by the private Octahatchee Club, whose members have houses and fish there.

Lake Octahatchee itself is an endorheic lake, also known as a sink lake or a terminal lake. It does not drain to the Withlacooochee River, nor any other river. It just gradually evaporates.

Which means any trash and accompanying food residue that got there from the Flying J would not even wash on downstream.

[Map: Lake Octahatchee watershed in USGS The National Map]
Map: Lake Octahatchee watershed in USGS The National Map

[Detention Pond, Flying J, looking northeast towards I-75 Exit 2, Lake Park, GA, Withlacoochee River, 2024-04-16, 13:30:45, 30.6404068, -83.1887213]
Detention Pond, Flying J, looking northeast towards I-75 Exit 2, Lake Park, GA, Withlacoochee River, 2024-04-16, 13:30:45, 30.6404068, -83.1887213

[Not much trash in the detention pond, Flying J, I-75 Exit 2, Lake Park, GA, Withlacoochee River, 2024-04-16, 13:30:55, 30.6404068, -83.1887213]
Not much trash in the detention pond, Flying J, I-75 Exit 2, Lake Park, GA, Withlacoochee River, 2024-04-16, 13:30:55, 30.6404068, -83.1887213

[Map: Lake Octahatchee and Flying J in WLRWT]
Map: Lake Octahatchee and Flying J in the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT)

[Southwest towards Lake Octahachtee, trucks, trash cans, chainlink fence, detention pond, Flying J, I-75 Exit 2, Lake Park, GA, Withlacoochee River, 2024-04-16, 13:30:58, 30.6404068, -83.1887213]
Southwest towards Lake Octahachtee, trucks, trash cans, chainlink fence, detention pond, Flying J, I-75 Exit 2, Lake Park, GA, Withlacoochee River, 2024-04-16, 13:30:58, 30.6404068, -83.1887213

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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