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.
Paddled for a couple hours this morning around and downstream from
the confluence of the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers…just a
couple miles from my house. Forgot to bring a canvas so just played
with some mixed media drawing. Fun!
Everyone is invited to two meetings Wednesday evening July 8th,
both at IHOP, 1200 W 4th St, Adel, GA 31620, (229) 896-2662.
At 7PM, the Annual Member Meeting (Agenda) with the Annual Report and election of
board members. There are two open slots, and you can still
All WWALS members who attend can vote for board members.
At 7:30 PM, the Quarterly Board Meeting (Agenda) with the annual election of officers,
plus Committee Chair and member appointments, this time with missions for
including the new
Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail Committee.
We’ll be tuning and explaining the WWALS Mission,
celebrating becoming a WATERKEEPER® Affiliate,
and talking about outings, events, speakers, native and invasive species, wastewater, pipelines, fracking, and many related topics.
You can help support WWALS by
becoming a member today.
To be on the board or a committee, you must be a member of WWALS.
Alapaha River Water Trail Committee Chair Chris Graham went with a few friends to paddle this scenic section of the Alapaha River Water Trail. We saw many wildlife and no invasive species on this section of this blueway, plus we saw a couple of small springs and one of them was an amazing waterfall.Continue reading →
Investment firms owned by Bill Gates have bought thousands of
acress of agricultural land in counties in or near WWALS watersheds
in south Georgia and north Florida, all above the Floridan Aquifer,
near the Alapaha, Alapahoochee, Withlacoochee, and Suwannee Rivers,
as part of a nationwide buying spree of a quarter million acres.
Here’s a summary of what we’ve found thus far.
Any more recent posts should be found through
These purchases of hundreds and thousands of contiguous acres
are all after
Bill Gates announced in 2012 he was going to
agriculture in conjunction with Monsanto and Syngenta.
Justice Scalia never said the EPA emissions rule was struck down,
rather the Supreme Court sent it back to a lower court to
get a cost analysis from EPA.
Meanwhile, many of the emissions controls are already in place
on coal plants (including Plant Scherer),
other coal plants have closed or are closing,
and investors are abandoning coal in droves.
So what Scalia wants may or may not be impossible for EPA
to deliver, but EPA actually already has helped sink dirty coal.
Meanwhile, Georgia Power finally is helping the sun rise on Georgia.
So the prognosis is good for less mercury in the Alapaha River.
The EPA should account for all costs before making a ruling on mercury
or other coal plant emissions, according to a 5:4 majority of the Supreme Court.
The dissenting minority points out not only are costs usually figured
in during the follow-on process for specific limits, but that actual costs
can’t even be computed without knowing those limits.
So Coal Plant Scherer mercury in the Alapaha River
can’t be limited without figuring all the costs first, says the SCOTUS majority,
although EPA and the Court minority point to numerous well-known medical
problems caused by mercury.
Are profits for a few big utilities and coal companies more important
than clean water and public health,
especially now that there are cleaner, safer, faster-to-build, and
less expensive renewable energy sources available in solar and wind power?
Thanks for sharing the letter from Pope Francis. I hope people sit up and take notice! As you pointed out in your post, with the quotes from MLK Jr., it is not the first time we have heard this. Here is an even older Quote from Teddy Roosevelt:
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”