Now kayaks should not have much trouble from Sugar Creek to the Little River Confluence.
There they will find Phil Hubbard’s directional signs on a tree in the river.
Go up the Little River to Troupville Boat Ramp to take out.
If you really can’t paddle up that last third of a mile,
we can either haul with the Suwannee Riverkeeper jon boat and outboard,
or you can go downstream another two miles to Paul Deloach’s private boat ramp.
Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson, with Michael Smith of Valdosta United Way and others,
paddled from Langdale Park Boat Ramp to Sugar Creek.
They did not find any major deadfalls until Sugar Creek,
where we still need to get that one before Saturday.
Phil and I did get up as far as just above Sugar Creek yesterday,
where we cleared the brush sticking out into the river that
I always run into, and which would have capsized some paddlers Friday.
Then it was getting dark, so we motored back around to Troupville Boat Ramp.
We also demonstrated the usefulness of several items paid for by a grant from Wild Green Future:
A 9.9hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard motor:
yes, it will go upstream plenty fast for our purposes,
it’s quiet, it uses little gas, and it is astonishingly resilient on hitting numerous underwater obstacles and getting choked down at least three times.
A prop guard: that thing paid for itself in the first half hour.
An 85lb-thrust Goplus trolling motor: it will pull the jon boat upstream,
and it was very useful for holding the jon boat steady while I was tilting the outboard back down after the latest snag bumped it up.
A pair of Power Queen LiFePO4 12.8V 100Ah batteries: both of them weigh less than one lead-acid marine battery, and each holds more charge.
A Husqvarna 460 Rancher 24-inch chainsaw: the only thing that can handle some of the bigger deadfalls.
And of course the 14-foot jon boat donated by Flint Riverkeeper.
Thanks to Phil Hubbard for doing most of the sawing,
and for being patient with the amature boat driver.
I did saw some deadfalls, but Phil didn’t bring his phone
and there was nobody else to take pictures, so you can believe it or not.
This Tuesday, February 20, 2024, we learned of two small Valdosta sewage spills,
each 100 gallons.
That’s not enough to get down the creeks to affect the Withlacoochee River,
but enough to stink up the neighborhood.
One was on Boone Drive at Baytree Road, next to Valdosta State University
and One Mile Branch, which runs into Sugar Creek and the Withlacoochee River.
The other was at 215 Knob Hill Road on a ditch that runs into Three Mile Branch at the southeast corner of Langdale Park, then into the Withlacoochee River
near the southwest corner of the park.
That’s the same location as the
much larger January 10 spill.
I learned about the Boone Drive spill when I called Valdosta Acting Utilities Director Jason Barnes Tuesday morning about the Knob Hill spill.
Neither of these spills has yet appeared in the
GA-EPD Sewage Spills Report.
Jason Barnes says he already sent a report on the Boone Drive spill to EPD,
and he will send one soon about the new Knob Hill spill. Continue reading →
Three of us cleared boating passage between the Sugar Creek WaterGoat
on the Withlacoochee River
behind the Valdosta YMCA and Wood Valley,
around the future Troupville Nature Park and River Camp,
past the Little River Confluence, then upstream on the Little River to Troupville Boat Ramp.
Thanks to Phil Hubbard for leading, and his Stihl chainsaw and electric chainsaw,
to Shawn O’Connor for using his polesaw.
Phil Royce drove an hour from Live Oak, Florida,
and Gary Koch drove two hours from Ocala, Florida,
saying it was better to stop trash upstream.
In addition to regulars Russell Allen McBride and Bobby McKenzie,
Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson came to see us off; he’s second from left in the banner picture.
More on that in a later post.
These pictures are by Phil Royce.
Phil had to leave early, so his portage pictures are before we came along and sawed a river passage.
“However, if you want to support the advocacy and activities of WWALS,
there is also a paid ticket through eventbrite. Or become a member or sponsor. Anyway, come down and paddle, see the sights, and have fun!”
These chainsaw cleanups are in preparation for the
Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle, March 2, 2024,
which will run from Langdale Park three miles to the early takeout at Sugar Creek,
then another four miles to Troupville Boat Ramp.
Update This class will be ALL in person at John W. Saunders Park, Pavilion #3.
You can learn how to help test water quality in the Suwannee River Basin.
WWALS testing trainer Gretchen Quarterman will do the classroom portion of the course by zoom,
followed by hands-on practical training at a waterway with physical distancing.
will teach both chemical and bacterial training in person. There is a classroom portion with demonstration, followed by practical and test for each class. Classroom materials will be provided. The tests are on paper and are to be taken on-site.
This is both Chemical and Bacterial training by Georgia Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) methods.
Yes, we can and do use this in Florida as well as Georgia,
and we have testers based in Florida.