These acquisitions would protect most of both banks of the Suwannee River from
the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to Fargo,
which is in turn more than a third of the Suwannee River proper in Georgia (below the East and Middle Forks to the GA-FL line).
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Tonight at 5:30 PM the Lowndes County Commission will vote on
a contract for $130,000 out of $1.734 million for sewer system improvements from a GEFA loan.
This includes work at the Land Application Site (LAS),
which Lowndes County uses instead of a wastewater treatment plant.
The LAS is in the Withlacoochee River watershed.
Here is video of discussion of this item from
yesterday morning’s Work Session.
6.i. Engineering Services for Sanitary Sewer System Improvements
Utilities Director said Carter & Sloope was the same firm who
originally designed the Lowndes County Land Application Site.
The agenda sheet says, apparently mis-spelling the name:
It looks like SB 213 is being resurrected after
falling in the Georgia House in March.
This GEFA ASR meeting is in Newton, which is not far west of Tifton.
When will they be coming for the waters of the Little River, too?
One aspect of the bill river advocates found objectionable was the
concept of “stream flow augmentation,” including aquifer
storage and recovery, or ASR, which Coalition officials define as
“the injection of ground water into the aquifer, which would
be extracted later and sent downstream.” According to the
Coalition, the process could cause irreversible contamination of the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) didn’t know there was
a large water problem hereabouts, but now they do, and they want
to take a watershed-wide approach, from the headwaters to the Gulf of
Mexico, including both surface water and aquifer issues,
perhaps starting with redrawing FEMA’s flood maps,
and maybe even including once again funding the state water council.