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.
Statewide organization recognizes WWALS Watershed Coalition,
plus local direct and indirect economic benefits
of an Alapaha Water Trail,
wrote the reporter who called me yesterday about the
WWALS PR. -jsq
The Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River Systems
Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) received
a $500 Alapaha Water Trail Grant
Georgia River Network. John Quarterman,
president of WWALS, said that making a water trail on the Alapaha
River involves mapping out the river and putting out guide posts.
The maps will show where boat ramps are along the river.
This grant goes beyond maps and guide posts; it signifies that a
statewide organization recognizes South Georgia rivers.
WWALS receives Alapaha Water Trail grant from Georgia River Network
Adel, GA, July 21st 2014 — The statewide umbrella
Georgia River Network has
awarded a grant
to WWALS Watershed Coalition to help conserve the
mostly-undiscovered recreational and economic gem of
the Alapaha River by constructing an
Alapaha Water Trail (ART).
WWALS invites landowners, local governments, and the public
A Water Trail or blueway will help more people see this
local gem, raising awareness to conserve it, more than
outweighing the minimal disturbance of signs and boats.
WWALS will draw on GRN’s extensive experience with
Water Trails on other rivers in Georgia.
WWALS is having an outing on July 19 @ Banks lake. So be there by 8:30am because we are putting in @ 9:00am. This is a beautiful scenic lake so don’t miss out. The location is @ 307 West Highway 122
Lakeland, Georgia 31635.
This event is FREE! All we ask is that you are a current member of WWALS Watershed Coalition. If not, its easy to join online today at
The South Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC)
produced this interesting map of the Alapahoochee River Watershed
I saw on the counter while visiting the USDA FSA office in Valdosta about something unrelated.
Curiously, it doesn’t show the actual river nor its tributaries
Mud Creek and Grand Bay Creek.
But it does show that this watershed includes much of Valdosta,
half of Dasher, and all of Lake Park. Continue reading →
Update 2014-07-17: River water too low. Outing instead at 8:30AM Saturday 19 July 2014 at
We should be @ Gaskins Environment Education Center By noon so we can put in @ 12:30 on the Alapaha River upstream and back paddle. Time on water: 2 hr. Tour the center before or after paddle. The Gaskins Forest Education Center is location @ 3359 Moore Sawmill Rd,
Alapaha, GA 31622. Alternate if water too low: Banks lake at Ga. hwy 122.
Once a year all WWALS members are invited to an annual meeting
to hear what WWALS has done for the last year and to elect some
of the board.
The board then holds a meeting to elect its officers and
to conduct its usual business.
This year it’s at the IHOP in Adel, Georgia, 7:30 PM Wednesday 9 July 2014.
Clean natural water systems for drinking, agriculture, and recreation, now and in the future:
Georgia Water Coalition spelled those things out in six recommendations at its
recent partner meeting.
Dave Hetzel represented WWALS at that meeting.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes some new rules to
clarify Clean Water Act protection.
Some people and organizations have concerns about that,
and the EPA has now responded to those concerns.
Comment periods are still open for you to provide input directly to EPA
about the proposed rule.
A landowner is suing Sabal Trail Transmission for going on their land
after being told not to. It’s a public hearing, so interested parties
can come from anywhere to attend in a peaceful, lawful assembly.
If the place or date gets changed, everyone is invited to come anyway. ,
Thursday 10 July 2014
10AM assemble outside
11AM hearing inside
Lee County Courthouse
100 Leslie Highway
Leesburg, Georgia 31763