There are a couple of new things in
what I sent on the deadline day, yesterday.
are now available to buy the private land
at the Little River Confluence with the Withlacoochee River, which was the main impediment to plans for the Troupville River Camp and Troupville River Park.
Stakeholders in the One Valdosta-Lowndes initiative met and
decided their number one community and economic development priority is:
Troupville River Camp.
For what this is all about, see
Calling for pictures of swimming, diving, rapids, tubing, water skiing, or surfing, Suwannee River Basin, Georgia.
June 30, 2021
Elizabeth Booth, Environmental Protection Division
Watershed Protection Branch,
Watershed Planning & Monitoring Program,
Suite 1152 East, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr., Atlanta, GA 30334
Re: Georgia Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards
Dear Ms. Booth,
Once again I would like to commend you and all the GA-EPD staff for
your diligence in this Triennial Review process. I thank you for
your consideration of the request by WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.
(WWALS) to upgrade GA EPD’s designated use of the Little,
Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Suwannee Rivers, as well as Grand Bay
WMA, Banks Lake NWR, and the Okefenokee NWR, from Fishing to
Recreational, to set higher water quality standards for these bodies
In the interests of saving you and me time, I will try to merely
summarize the arguments I have already made, while adding some
material you may not have previously seen.
As you know WWALS would prefer that redesignation applied uniformly,
year-round. As you mentioned in the recent EPD zoom meeting on this
subject, perhaps one reason Florida has all its rivers as
Recreational by default is its climate. South Georgia, like north
Florida (and unlike north Georgia) has a subtropical climate in
which we are not surprised by 80-degree weather in January. People
swim, dive, fish, and boat on our rivers year-round. Some people
even prefer to be on and in the water in the winter because there
are fewer insects. I have recently been reminded that local churches
also use them for immersion baptisms, which can happen in any season
of the year.
Recreational Data Spreadsheet
Per request of EPD, please find attached a Recreational Data
Spreadsheet, which is also online here:
In that spreadsheet are examples of swimming and diving locations,
including almost every boat ramp or landing, plus selected sandbars,
beaches, and springs. Also included are a few examples of rapids.
None of them are Class III, but at least two are Class II+, and as
Gwyneth Moody pointed out on the recent zoom, people frequently
capsize in those.
Included for every location in that spreadsheet is a link to further
information, mostly to one of our three river trails (“blue