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Limit water withdrawals, strip mine near Okefenokee Swamp, Valdosta trash –WWALS to NCFRPC 2023-01-26

The meeting is 7PM tonight in Lake City, with remote participation options; see:
https://wwals.net/?p=60792


January 26, 2023

To: Scott Koons, E.D., North Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Re: Limit water withdrawals, strip mine near Okefenokee Swamp, Valdosta trash

Dear NCFRPC,

Thank you for the opportunity for public input.

I would like to bring to the attention of the Council three issues:

[Three topics for NCFRPC from WWALS 2023-01-26]
Three topics for NCFRPC from WWALS 2023-01-26

  1. Deadline January 31st for public comment on the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan (NFRWSP), Continue reading

Agenda: North Central Florida Regional Planning Council 2023-01-26

Update 2023-01-26: Limit water withdrawals, strip mine near Okefenokee Swamp, Valdosta trash –WWALS to NCFRPC 2023-01-26.

Tonight I will ask them to take up Valdosta trash as an issue like they previously successfully took up Valdosta sewage.

I will ask them to oppose the proposed titanium strip mine and to support the Okefenokee Swamp, the Suwannee and St. Marys Rivers, and the Floridan Aquifer.

And I will ask them to ask SRWMD and SJRWMD to add a water budget and constraints on water withdrawals to the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan (NFRWSP).

[When and Where NCFRPC 2023-01-26]
When and Where NCFRPC 2023-01-26

Now I am composing a letter to send them before the meeting. Continue reading

Agenda: WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting 2023-01-08

Here is the agenda, as well as the zoom parameters, for the WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting, WWALS President Sara Jay presiding, January 8, 2023. The public is invited.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89308028204?pwd=VmwyMzVTMVR6WGJxbUFUSlFXWFRWQT09

One tap mobile: +13092053325,,89308028204#,,,,*392346#

[Three-page agenda 2023-01-08]
Three-page agenda 2023-01-08

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Notice: WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting 2023-01-08

WWALS President Sara Jay will preside over the WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting. The public is invited.

We will be discussing the Chairman and Mayor’s Paddle, the BIG Little River Paddle Event, and other outings and cleanups: see https://wwals.net/outings. As well as trash, water quality testing, opposition to mines, water withdrawals, coal ash, pellet plants, and LNG export, as well as promotion of water trails and solar power: see https://wwals.net/issues/ And of course finances.

That’s for the entire 10,000 square mile Suwannee River Basin, in Georgia and Florida, including the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Alapahoochee, Little times two, New times two, Santa Fe, and Suwannee Rivers, and all their creeks, springs, sinks, ponds, and swamps, such as Grand Bay, Banks Lake and the Okefenokee Swamp.

When: 6 PM to 8 PM, Sunday, January 8, 2023

Where: Online via zoom, so you don’t even have to go anywhere. The zoom parameters will follow, as will an agenda.

[Square WWALS and Suwannee Riverkeeper logos] Continue reading

Videos: North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan meeting @ SRWMD 2022-11-15

Almost all the attendees were SRWMD staff; no board members. The only public comment was by me, at the NFRWSP Constraint Meeting, at SRWMD HQ yesterday.

You can comment in writing to partnership@sjrwmd.com by January 31, 2023.

[Presenters, Commenter]
Presenters, Commenter

The presentations were informative, although they omitted a major subject, which I addressed: limits on water withdrawal permits. Will the SRWMD and SJRWMD boards address it this time, or shrug it off like six years ago, after many people suggested it?

SRWMD seemed to be recording video of this meeting, and presumably they will release the slides sometime. Meanwhile, pictures of most of the slides are on the WWALS website. Here is a a WWALS video playlist: Continue reading

NFRWSP Constraint Meeting, 2022-11-15

Update 2022-11-16: Videos: North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan meeting @ SRWMD 2022-11-15.

Update 2022-11-15: Figures and Tables from NORTH FLORIDA SOUTHEAST GEORGIA GROUNDWATER MODEL (NFSEG V1.1) 2019-08-01.

January will be six years since SRWMD and SJRWMD passed the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan (NFRWSP), mostly ignoring input from interested parties. It’s back for renovations, with public comment at the end of the workshops. Maybe you’d like to attend and comment, or send them written comments.

When: 2 PM, Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Put In: District Headquarters, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak, FL 32060

Figure C3: Aquifer surface change due to withdrawals in north Florida and south Georgia
Figure C3: Aquifer surface change due to withdrawals in north Florida and south Georgia

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Agenda: WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting 2022-10-09

Here is the agenda and zoom parameters for the WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting, new WWALS President Sara Jay presiding. The public is invited.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89308028204?pwd=VmwyMzVTMVR6WGJxbUFUSlFXWFRWQT09

One tap mobile: +13092053325,,89308028204#,,,,*392346#

We will be discussing the WWALS Boomerang Paddle Race, Chairman and Mayor’s Paddle, Songwriting Contest, trash, outings, water quality testing, opposition to mines, water withdrawals, coal ash, pellet plants, and LNG export, as well as promotion of water trails and solar power, and of course finances.

That’s for the entire 10,000 square mile Suwannee River Basin, in Georgia and Florida, including the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Alapahoochee, Little times two, New times two, Santa Fe, and Suwannee Rivers, and all their creeks, springs, sinks, ponds, and swamps, such as Grand Bay, Banks Lake and the Okefenokee Swamp.

When: 8 AM – 10 AM, Sunday, October 9, 2022

Where: Online via zoom, so you don’t even have to go anywhere.

[All pages]
All pages
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Notice: WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting 2022-10-09

Update 2022-10-10: Agenda: WWALS Board Meeting 2022-10-09.

New WWALS President Sara Jay will preside over the WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting. The public is invited.

We will be discussing the WWALS Boomerang Paddle Race, Chairman and Mayor’s Paddle, Songwriting Contest, trash, outings, water quality testing, opposition to mines, water withdrawals, coal ash, pellet plants, and LNG export, as well as promotion of water trails and solar power, and of course finances.

That’s for the entire 10,000 square mile Suwannee River Basin, in Georgia and Florida, including the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Alapahoochee, Little times two, New times two, Santa Fe, and Suwannee Rivers, and all their creeks, springs, sinks, ponds, and swamps, such as Grand Bay, Banks Lake and the Okefenokee Swamp.

When: 8 AM – 10 AM, Sunday, October 9, 2022

Where: Online via zoom, so you don’t even have to go anywhere. The zoom parameters will follow, as will an agenda.

[Square WWALS and Suwannee Riverkeeper logos]
Square WWALS and Suwannee Riverkeeper logos

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Agendas: WWALS Annual Member and Quarterly Board Meetings 2022-07-10

Register for zoom for the meetings: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElceqrrzMqEtL8gFsZjCTd2lo8HmgxTfas

WWALS Annual Member Meeting

When: 9:30 AM, Sunday, July 10, 2022

What: Presentation of Annual Report, and WWALS members elect some board members.

WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting

When: 10:00 AM, Sunday, July 10, 2022

What: WWALS Board members elect officers for one year terms, and do the usual board business.

Event: facebook

[Annual Members and Quarterly Board Meetings 2022-07-10]
Annual Members and Quarterly Board Meetings 2022-07-10

WWALS Board members and staff are listed online: Continue reading

Notice: WWALS Annual Member Meeting and Quarterly Board Meeting 2022-07-10

Update 2022-07-09: Agendas: WWALS Annual Member and Quarterly Board Meetings 2022-07-10.

You are invited to two WWALS meetings the same morning, both online by zoom. Agendas and zoom parameters will be posted before the meetings.

WWALS Annual Member Meeting

When: 9:30 AM, Sunday, July 10, 2022

What: Presentation of Annual Report, and WWALS members elect some board members.

WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting

When: 10:00 AM, Sunday, July 10, 2022

What: WWALS Board members elect officers for one year terms, and do the usual board business.

Event: facebook

[WWALS Logo]
WWALS Logo

WWALS Board members and staff are listed online: https://wwals.net/about/board/ https://wwals.net/about/staff/

Much of the work of WWALS is done by committees of members, ranging from Outings which organizes the paddles to Grant Writing, which could be the most fun! https://wwals.net/about/committees/

If you want to join a committee or even the board, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/WxPHuXe79iAn1dWXA

See also WWALS Accomplishments, and many other things on the WWALS website. https://wwals.net

About WWALS: Founded in June 2012, WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational charity. WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the surface waters and groundwater of the Suwannee River Basin and Estuary, in south Georgia and north Florida, among them the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds, through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities. Since December 2016, John S. Quarterman is the Suwannee Riverkeeper®, which is a staff position and a project of WWALS as the member of Waterkeeper® Alliance for the Suwannee River Basin.