It’s not obvious why from the datapoint for yesterday at the state line
on the FDEP website.
FDEP only publishes E. coli results, so what they published for yesterday
from Madison Health was 132 cfu/100 mL E. coli.
That’s above the average limit of 126, but well below the one-time limit of 410.
So I asked about that. Continue reading →
Unusual results: too high E. coli at US 41 and GA 133 on the Withlacoochee River,
good downstream and on the Little and Alapaha Rivers.
Unexpected because with the heavy rain in Brooks County, Georgia,
problems downstream might have been expected.
I would paddle on the Withlacoochee River this weekend.
Valdosta should not deannex 310 acres of Withlacoochee River floodplain around Cherry Creek.
No good reason for deannexation has been given by the applicant,
and there are substantial reasons to be concerned about potential
uses of that land if deannexed.
Instead, Valdosta and Lowndes County should purchase the entire
530.24 acre property down to the Withlacoochee River to add to
a trails system up and down the Withlacoochee River.
The advisory Greater Lowndes Planning Commission (GLPC) at its meeting
this Monday should recommend against annexation,
and then the Valdosta Mayor and Council should deny.
I am sending a letter to that effect today to Valdosta City Planner Matt Martin,
and I recommend you do, as well:
That deannexation is on the GLPC agenda
for this Monday, July 26, 2021.
The only land access to the property is through the City of Valdosta,
and since that whole area of the river has extensive flood plain
and little road access,
Lowndes County cannot provide
public utilities, fire/police
protection, or emergency medical response across the river to the subject property, as the City Planner points out in the
The landowner’s stated purpose would be better served by the property remaining inside the city limits:
“to use for wildlife management, and rec. use as it is in a mitgation bank & has no development use.”
The City Planner even recommends annexing the rest of the subject property into the city, down to the river. Continue reading →
And these reports say which waterbody was affected.
The “800 Block of E Brookwood Dr.”, from which I could not tell whether it
went west into Onemile Branch, Sugar Creek, and the Withlacoochee River,
turns out to be “836 E. Brookwood Dr”, and it went into “Knights Creek”,
which runs into Mud Swamp Creek, the Alapahoochee River, and the Alapaha River.
So I’ll go back and revise our WWALS map.
Maybe from now on Valdosta will report
spills with this kind of precision and save everybody trouble.
It’s surprisingly lovely, Sugar Creek.
It has a great beach, stretches where birds are far louder than traffic,
some shoals (thanks to a Valdosta sewer main), and it’s wider in spots than the Alapahoochee River,
It’s a shame it’s always gotten trash and sewage.
Here’s what we’re doing, and how you can help with that and the rest of what needs to be done.
WWALS test results from US 41 above Valdosta down to Cleary Bluff below Allen Ramp and nearly to the Suwannee, plus Troupville Boat Ramp on the Little River,
are all clean for Thursday, July 15, 2021. Continue reading →
Our most recent songwriter wrote his song yesterday and sent it in.
Come on, songwriters, make the competition fierce for that $300 cash First Prize,
with $300 equivalent in studio time!
And for the $50 prize for best song from within the Suwannee River Basin,
and $50 for best song from without.
And for the plaques for best in each song genre.
Everybody else, tickets will be on sale soon, to listen to our two headliners, Scott Perkins and his band Little Perks in Paradise from Atlanta, and Valdosta’s own Dirty Bird and the Flu. Each of the three judges will also play, even before we get to the finalists and the judging.
With food by Hibachi Hwy and drinks by The Pour House.
Scott Perkins singing Hoochie Coochie for the Withlacoochee, Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting 2020
Videos by Phillip Plumlee and John S. Quarterman for WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS),
Turner Center Art Park, Valdosta, Georgia, August 22, 2020.
I add up 358,525 gallons of sewage spilled at Mildred Street into Knights Creek in the Alapaha River Basin
and 355,875 gallons at Wainwright Drive into Onemile Branch in the Withlacoochee River Basin.
Those totals are each since 2015, according to records from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA-EPD).
I haven’t added up spills from all the other locations that are on the Rehab lists.
I would hope there are not many that have spilled more than a third of a million gallons of raw sewage.
How many gallons does it take to get on Valdosta’s rehab list?
It’s also interesting that these lists include for almost every manhole
specific street addresses.
Unlike the vague “1200 block” addresses Valdosta puts in its sewage spill press releases,
and often in its spill reports to GA-EPD.
Speaking of which, despite Valdosta’s assurances that it had reported at least the two biggest spills of July 7th to GA-EPD,
there is still nothing about any of those in GA-EPD’s Sewer Spills Report.
We haven’t decided what the winner’s prize is yet.
Bobby McKenzie and Russell McBride staged one of their almost-weekly
cleanups at the Sugar Creek logjam below the Salty Snapper on Gornto Road in Valdosta,
and netted (literally) this tower of trash. Continue reading →