an advocacy organization working for watershed conservation of the Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River Systems watershed in south Georgia and north Florida through awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen advocacy.
Gretchen sent this letter to the Valdosta City Council last Thursday,
and is going to read it to them tonight at their Regular Session (PDF. -jsq
Dear Valdosta City Council Members,
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. would like to draw your attention to
some issues related to rezoning
VA-2014-07 Brooks Turner LLC at the
corner of Baytree and Azalea Drive. As you are aware, ﬂooding in
Sugar Creek has been a problem for many years. The proposed
development of lots between Baytree and Pinetree will result in the
removal of approximately seventy (70) mature pine trees, increase
paving percentage (the lots are mostly grass with clearly less than
50% covered by rooftops and hard paved surfaces), and most
dramatically replace Continue reading →
From: “John S. Quarterman”
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 21:07:54 -0400
To: “Joyce E. Evans”,
Subject: Resolutions other counties have passed against Spectra pipelines
Sabal Trail may be thinking of moving their pipeline, but WWALS is
still padding past the original location 10AM Sunday September 21st.
All are invited to come see for themselves the springs, shoals, and sinkholes
that we value more highly than pipeline profit for a company from Houston.
Join us for a fine day on two of our fabulous southern blackwater rivers:
the Withlacoochee River and the Suwannee River, in Hamilton and Suwannee
The chart below shows monthly-mean water levels from 1964 to 2003
for a well in Cook County, sourthwest Georgia. The well is used for
irrigation and public- supply purposes and offers a good visual
representation of long-term groundwat er declines due to excessive
pumping. [d]—data for the chart is available.
There’s a reason
Valdosta’s water wells are 400 feet deep.
Its earlier, shallower wells were sucking up Withlacoochee River water that still leaks into groundwater.
Should we risk a fracked methane pipeline digging under that same river and possibly causing more sinkholes and underground movement of contaminants, some perhaps coming from the pipeline itself or its demands for pressure testing water?
The Connection Between Surface-Water Quality and Ground-Water Quality in a Karst Aquifer
Figure E-1. Estimated percentage of Withlacoochee River water in ground water in the Upper Floridan aquifer, June 1991. (Modified from Plummer and others, 1998.)
The Upper Floridan aquifer, which is the sole source of water supply
for Valdosta, Georgia, and much of the surrounding area, receives
large volumes of direct discharge from the Withlacoochee River
through sinkholes in the streambed or off-channel. A highly
interconnected conduit system has developed Continue reading →