News 2022

News Stories about WWALS 2022.
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  • 2022-05-05: Valdosta Today, May 5, 2022, BIG Little River Paddle Race announces winner,

    [Carl Fuller, First Prize Winner]
    Carl Fuller, First Prize Winner

    SUWANNEE RIVER — The winner of the BIG Little River Paddle Race along with other paddlers competed in support of the WWALS river cleanup efforts.

    Release: (see WWALS PR)

  • 2022-05-05: Darik News, May 5, 2022, Big Little River Paddle Race Announced Winner,

    Suwannee River — Winner of the Big Little River Paddle Race with other paddlers competing in support of the WWALS river cleanup efforts.

    Release: (see WWALS PR)

  • 2022-05-03: Adel News (facebook), May 3, 2022, Conservation group files letter of opposition to air permit for second proposed wood pellet plant in Adel.

    [Both pages]

    See WWALS blog post.

  • 2022-04-29: WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman was on WALB TV at 12:30 PM to discuss the BIG Little River Paddle Race the next day.
  • 2022-04-29: Videos: Trash and river paddles, Suwannee Riverkeeper on Scott James Radio 2022-04-29,

    We mostly talked about the trash situation, in which the Mayor of Valdosta promised to get trash cans set out on the city’s own parking lots, starting with the ones across from City Hall. We discussed the cleanup award from GA-DNR I picked up in Atlanta Wednesday. Cleanups are great, but not enough. We also need trash traps to stop the stuff from getting out of the creeks into the rivers. And we need parking lot owners to keep trash from getting of their lots and to set out and clean out trash cans.

  • 2022-04-27: Videos: WWALS Adopt-A-Stream Award from GA-DNR 2022-04-27
  • 2022-04-21: Julianne Amaya, CBS4, Gainesville, Florida, Thursday, April 21, 2022, Petition calls for ‘rights to clean and healthy waters’ in Florida,

    [CBS 4 News: Poe Springs Then and Now]
    CBS 4 News: Poe Springs Then and Now

    North Florida Central leaders are pushing for the Right to Clean and Healthy Water amendment to be on the ballot in 2024.

    To get the amendment on the 2024 ballot, 900,000 people would have to sign a petition.

  • 2022-04-20: Release (see WWALS PR), Valdosta Today, April 20 2022, Submissions are open for songwriting contest

    VALDOSTA — The Fifth Annual Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest is now open for anyone who wishes to submit a song.

  • 2022-04-19: Release (see WWALS PR), Tifton Gazette, April 19, 2022, BIG Little River Paddle Race returns
  • 2022-04-18: Release (see WWALS PR), Valdosta Daily Times, April 18, 2022, BIG Little River Paddle Race returns

    [Below the bridge (BW)]
    Photo: Bret Wagenhorst, of the 2019 race start.

    Adel, Georgia, April 12, 2022 — After pandemic and bad weather the previous two years, the BIG Little Paddle Race is back this year.

    You could win in any of a dozen categories, or up to $300 if you beat the previous winning record time. But you are not required to race: it’s a nice spring paddle anyway! On Saturday, April 30, 2022, in Reed Bingham State Park, between Adel and Moultrie, Georgia, it’s the ninth tenth annual BIG Little River Paddle Race. There will be lunch and tickets will be available for the annual kayak raffle. You can just paddle along this scenic three-mile stretch of tea-colored river on the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail among cypress trees, turtles, birds, and yes, alligators. (Don’t pet the alligators and they aren’t likely to bother you.) This race also has fierce competitors, with one past winner finishing in barely more than half an hour….

  • 2022-04-18: Takyia Price, Fox31 WFXL (also NewsBreak and SpotOnGeorgia; see WWALS PR), April 18, 2022, Song submissions open for Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest 2022-04-18

    [Open song submissions 2022-04-18]
    Photo: WWALS Watershed Coalition

    Submissions for the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest are now open.

    The event is a fundraiser for WWALS Watershed Coalition.

    Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman says that “Submissions can be songs about any river, stream, spring, sink, swamp, lake, or pond in the Suwannee River Basin or Estuary (except not the Santa Fe Basin; that has its own contest).”

    On Saturday, August 20, finalists will play at the Contest from 7-10 PM, and judges will deliberate at the Turner Center Art Park, 605 N. Patterson St., in Valdosta.

    The first place winner will be awarded a $300 cash prize.

    Attendees are invited to dine and browse the artworks at the Turner Center.

    In addition, there will also be a cash bar, kayak raffle and a silent auction, as well as a range of novelties for sale.

    “There’s always room for a new song about the Suwannee River, or other rivers in the Basin or Estuary!” said 2018 winner and 2019 headliner Laura D’Alisera, now a member of the WWALS Songwriting Contest Committee.

    Judging is based on integrity, historical value, and/or present value of the waters, originality of lyrics and music, and performance.

    Extra credit will be given for naming the most rivers (springs, etc.) and the contestants’ use of storytelling about the history and/or attributes of the Suwannee River Basin.

    “We had a blast and heard some great music from the community last year, and we are looking forward to some fine submissions for 2022!” said Josh Duncan, a Judge last year, and Scribe of the Committee….

  • 2022-04-15: Residents can help keep rivers clean –Katherine Ball in Valdosta Daily Times 2022-04-15,

    …Although these bodies of water are grand and vast, keeping them clean, starts at a local level. Clean, fresh water should be a top priority, not just for politicians and public officials, but for citizens as well. Everyone needs clean water, which is why stewardship of Earth and our waterways is everyone’s job. Without respect for nature, it will not provide for us.

    In order to have fun in our local waters, they must first, be clean. Not just clear of chemicals, but clean of trash and debris, as well. Every level plays an integral part in the existence and systemic flow of our rivers and with that comes individual responsibilities for each of them.

    It is never too early to begin teaching stewardship and implementing conservation efforts for future generations. Like the kids who came before me, the current youth of Valdosta and Lowndes County deserve enjoyable outdoor experiences on our waters, like I did, growing up within the city limits.

    Valdosta has excellent ordinances pertaining to trash distribution and pick-up, so together, we can all work to maintain and enforce clean local parking lots, clean greenways, and as a result, cleaner waterways. Let’s continue to preserve our rivers and keep them clean, so Valdosta’s future generations will appreciate their memories of our beautiful town, the way I do.

    Katherine Ball is a musician and WWALS member.

  • 2022-04-14: Calendar for April 14, 2022, Moultrie Observer, BIG Little River Paddle Race

    The BIG Little River Paddle Race returns this year after cancellations in 2020 and 2021.

    The race will be held Saturday, April 30, at Reed Bingham State Park, between Adel and Moultrie. Gather at 8 a.m. at Red Roberts Landing, 4727 Rountree Bridge Road, Adel.

    Proceeds from the event will benefit its sponsor, the WWALS Watershed Coalition.

    For more information, visit Register through that same website no later than Thursday, April 28. Registration fee is $30.

  • 2022-04-13 Valdosta Today, April 13, 2022, BIG Little Paddle Race is back in Reed Bingham,

    The BIG Little Paddle Race is back after two years with a dozen categories to win prizes, a kayak raffle, and lunch will be available.

    [Tandem female canoe, orange (BW)]
    Photo: Bret Wagenhorst, of 2019 First female tandem kayak: Megan Robinson & Lily Robinson, of Tifton, GA.

    Release: (see WWALS PR)….

  • 2022-04-05: Release (WWALS PR), Valdosta Today, April 5, 2022, WWALS working to protect clean water: HAHIRA – WWALS invites you to participate in a webinar discussing the addition of RTCW into the Georgia constitution.

    Hahira, Georgia, April 5, 2022 — Trying to protect clean water with current laws and regulations is like trying to defend free speech without the First Amendment. Montana, Pennsylvania, and just last year New York have enshrined Rights to Clean Water, Air, Land, and a Healthy Environment (RTCW) in their constitutions alongside free speech and other basic rights. Florida has a statewide petition signing right now for the 2024 ballot. How can Georgia get RTCW into its constitution? Why should it? And what would such an amendment consist of? This webinar explores those questions. We invite your participation and feedback.

    [RTCW, Speakers]
    RTCW, Speakers

    The zoom meeting will be Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern Time.

    Register in advance for this meeting:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • 2022-02-19: Valdosta Today, February 19, 2022, Third Annual Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle approved for Feb. 19,

    With water levels and temperatures deemed satisfactory, the Third Annual Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle at the Withlacoochee River will go ahead on Saturday, February 19, 2022.

    [Troupville Boat Ramp, Withlacoochee River, WWTP clean outfall, Spook Bridge, Takeout]

    Release: (see WWALS PR)…

  • Release (WWALS PR), Valdosta Today, January 27, 2022, Third Annual Mayor, Chairman’s Paddle rescheduled.

    An unusual cold snap is expected this Saturday, too cold for novice paddlers. So we’re rescheduling three weeks later, for Saturday, February 19, 2022. Everything else is the same; only the date has changed….

    [Troupville Boat Ramp, Withlacoochee River, WWTP clean outfall, Spook Bridge, Takeout]
    Troupville Boat Ramp, Withlacoochee River, WWTP clean outfall, Spook Bridge, Takeout

  • 2021-01-19: Release (WWALS PR), Valdosta Today, January 19, 2022, Third Annual Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle

    The Mayor of Valdosta and the Chairman of the Lowndes County Commission partner with WWALS for the third annual Withlacoochee River paddle.

    600x338 Troupville Boat Ramp, 10:11:58, 30.8513640, -83.3473960, Starting, in Pictures: Troupville to Spook Bridge, Withlacoochee River, Mayor's Paddle, by John S. Quarterman, for, 27 March 2021 Troupville to Spook Bridge, Withlacoochee River, Mayor’s Paddle, by John S. Quarterman, for, 27 March 2021,