News Stories about WWALS 2023.
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WALB TV, January 29, 2024,
Mayor of Valdosta and Chairman of Lowndes County invite you to paddle the Withlacoochee River (see also WWALS PR),
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) – Mayor Scott James Matheson and Chairman Bill Slaughter are inviting the community to join them on leisure paddle down the Withlacoochee River on Saturday, Mar. 2nd.
According to the WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS), guests should have the usual personal flotation device, boat, paddles, food, drinking water, warm clothes, and first aid kit. Trash pickers and trash bags are asked for as well because every WWALS outing is also a cleanup.
With Phil Hubbard leading, the group will paddle along the west side of the most populous city in the Suwannee River Basin and the side of future Troupville River Camp and Nature Park.
A seven mile trip is planned as part of a new route this year. Guests are instructed to arrive at Langdale Park, drop off their boats, and drive to Troupville Boat Ramp. Shuttle from there back to Langdale Park. A one 15-seat van provided by the Boys & Girls Club will shuttle guests back to Troupville.
“The annual paddle event provides a unique opportunity for residents to come together and explore the natural beauties of Lowndes County, immersing themselves in the serenity of our waterways,” said Bill Slaughter, Chairman of the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners. “We encourage residents of all ages to come out and join us for a fun morning.”
The cost of the outing is $30 per boat as a fundraising opportunity for (WWALS), but elected officials from Florida and Georgia have free entry.
“Together, we will showcase the natural beauty of our blackwater rivers and continue to work towards finding the most cost-effective solutions to educate our citizens and eliminate the trash that is littering our creeks and rivers,” said Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson.
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WWALS River Revue fundraising dinner to feature songwriting contest winner,
HAHIRA — The WWALS River Revue will raise funds with a sit-down dinner featuring the 2023 songwriting contest winner Jane Fallon.
For the rest, see the WWALS press release.
Craig Pittman, Florida Phoenix, January 4, 2024, Florida observatory may be forced to shut down if county OKs sand mine:
Neighbors and astronomers join forces to ask Levy County to nix mining proposal
UF’s Rosemary Hill Observatory in Levy County would be next door to the proposed sand mine (see also WWALS blog followup on SWFWMD ERP permit),
What makes it even more interesting is where the mine’s runoff would go. According to Suwannee Riverkeeper’s John Quarterman, state maps show that it lies in the springshed of Rainbow Springs. That means any waste that washes off the mining site is likely to wind up in there.