Basically, they want to preserve both fishing rights (and private property rights)
while preserving boating right of passage.
The Study Committee found right of passage tied to navigability,
so its key recommendations are to determine and delineate which parts of which rivers and streams are navigable.
What waterways are navigable?
How does navigability apply to fishing rights and private ownership of waterways?
What about right of passage?
How does the Georgia state constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish apply?
And what about GA-DNR boat ramps?
This controversy started with a lawsuit about the Flint River,
but it has already spread to other rivers and creeks,
and sooner or later will affect the Suwannee River Basin.
The Chair of the Georgia House Study Committee on the subject is
Rep. James Burchett, District 176, which includes southwest Coffee, Atkinson, Lanier, and northeast Lowndes Counties, all in the Suwannee River Basin.
Plus he is the County Attorney for Brooks County.
If you know him, maybe you’d like to talk to him about the importance of river passage and public fishing rights.
As he is reported to have said,
“The intention is to find clarity.
The property owners and fishermen all want to know, where can
we fish and where can we not?”
In addition to its usual business of roads and taxes,
the Clinch County Commission discussed with Suwannee Riverkeeper
outings, boat ramps, and a proposed resolution against the strip mine too near the Okefenokee Swamp.
Thanks to Chairman Henry Moylan and the Commissioners for their hospitality,
Clinch County Administrator Jaclyn James for ongoing communications,
and to WWALS member Etta Lee for talking to Commissioners and for being at the meeting; also for dinner.
Below are pictures, videos by Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange of the relevant agenda item, and links to documents.
This is at
on the Withlacoochee River at
Franklinville Road, near the location of the old Lowndes County seat of Franklinville.
It looked like somebody backed into the signpost,
after somebody stole the bottom sign.
That’s the one about this location, Franklinville Landing: what you can see upstream and downstream, how far, etc.
Back in 2019, when the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA-DNR)
provided WWALS a generous educational grant through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP),
we ordered duplicates of some signs.
Franklinville happened to be one of them, so the duplicate now replaces the stolen sign.
Continue reading →
Thanks to GA-DNR for silt fences and turbidity curtains during their upgrade of Lakeland Boat Ramp, and for that upgrade.
Also thanks to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA-DNR) for officially adopting the name Lakeland Boat Ramp
as decided back in 2018 by the Lakeland County Commission,
as well as Berrien Beach Boat Ramp, also decided in 2018 by the Berrien County Commission, both for the WWALS Alapaha River Water Trail. This naming development is specifically thanks to WWALS tester Kimberly Tanner and GA-DNR Boating Access Coordinator Jeff E. Bishop.
When I took these pictures, Tuesday, June 20, 2023,
the Statenville Gauge read about 7.17 feet (83.27′ NAVD88).
Today, Saturday, June 24th, the Alapaha River is almost seven feet higher, at 14.01′ (90.11′ NAVD88), into Action Stage.
Valdosta City Engineer Benjamin O’Dowd volunteered to three GA-DNR people
that there was still trash in the woods after the recent vac-truck cleanout of Two Mile Branch at Berkley Drive.
He is considering what to do about that.
GA DNR keeps passing the buck about the
proposal to strip mine for titanium within three miles of the Okefenokee Swamp,
by miners from Alabama, Twin Pines Minerals, LLC.
The Swamp is the headwaters of the Suwannee and St. Marys Rivers and it interchanges surface water with groundwater all the way down to the Floridan Aquifer, from which we all drink.
your Georgia House Representative
to sign on to
the Okefenokee Protection Act.
That bill will not stop this permit application,
but it would stop further expansion of that mine and any other mines
on the east side of the Swamp.
Trail Ridge Land LLC
Land the Charlton County Tax Assessors show owned by Trail Ridge Land LLC.
The northwest corner buts right up against the Swamp.
Floridians, you can comment. And you can ask your Georgia friends and relatives to ask their statehouse members to sign on to HB 71.