WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Fireworks at last Monday’s Suwannee BOCC,
although after they had already voted to
hike to the Suwannee River soon<.
WWALS board member Chris Mericle, who will be their guide, also spoke in the meeting.
The recent issuance of certificates by FERC called out the Suwannee River and Suwannee and Hamilton Counties by name, so action by those counties is now even more important.
“We see no reason to risk local citizens’ property, or taxes, or their drinking water,
or any part of the ecology for a profit for a company from some other state,” on WTXL in Florida’s state capital, Tallahassee, yesterday.
Valdosta can’t blame this one on rain upstream: it fell directly
on Valdosta, and once again
the same Meadowbrook Drive neighborhood
that’s been getting doused in sewage since 2009 saw it surging out
of a manhole, after three other streets got it.
Valdosta says it reported all this to GA-EPD, but good luck finding it
(or anything else) on EPD’s website.
Once again Valdosta on its own website didn’t even say
which river Sugar Creek dumps into,
but Florida figured it out, and ain’t happy.
The Florida Department of Health advisory is findable, and news media
and SRWMD picked that up.
Maybe Valdosta’s ongoing force main project will fix these overflows:
bids were requested earlier that same month for more parts of that project.
Maybe Valdosta could try to explain itself better in its own press releases?