Conversations with Noah Valenstein, E.D., SRWMD in Columbia County 2016-02-04

It’s not for shipping water to Jacksonville, it’s not much changed from last year, no money is allocated for it yet, and people should get involved in the process, said Noah Valenstein, the new Executive Director of the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD), in answer to questions from Jim Tatum and Merillee Malwitz-Jipson of Our Santa Fe River (OSFR) and me about the Falling Creek Aquifer Recharge Project at the Columbia County Commission meeting last Thursday, 4 February 2016. Plus Sabal Trail, Amtrak and that chicken farm.

Movie: Noah Valenstein, E.D., SRWMD (6.9M)

Valenstein answered Jim during the Commission meeting. See also Jim’s report for OSFR. I stayed afterwards and had a longer discussion with Valenstein. Some notes from memory: Continue reading

Pictures: Withlacoochee River, GA 122 to Franklinville Road 2013-04-20

One of the remotest segments of the Withlacoochee River, yet with easy access, and when the water was high enough. Unter den acer Also one of the least-attended WWALS outings, because we hadn’t really gotten the hang of announcing outings yet. But that just made it more intimate for the three of us who went. I got especially intimate with the river, choosing to swim twice. I always choose to swim when the water comes up to meet me…. Eventually I learned not to lean towards the side you’re tipping towards.

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Yet more Valdosta wastewater spills

Maybe soon this February baker’s dozen of wastewater spills will be a thing of the past, but for now it’s deja vu similar to but worse than last February.

300x388 Figure 2.2.5. Sub-basins Areas, in Section 2 Methodology, by City of Valdosta, for WWALS.net, 14 January 2011 It looks like Valdosta has updated, as repeatedly asked, its schedule for wastewater project completion, with the force main project now aimed at July 2016 and relocation of the Withlacoochee WasteWater Treatment Plant (WWTP) for August 2017. See also Valdosta PR 22 January 2016, Withlacoochee Aerial Sewer Mains Replacement Project.

Those schedule changes are mentioned in the most recent Valdosta News. It does not, however, say which watersheds the various spills affect. I have added * for Alapaha River watershed and ** for Withlacoochee River watershed. It’s not that hard, and Valdosta has a water management plan that spells this all out, with maps. One Mile Branch** and Two Mile Branch** flow into Sugar Creek**, which goes into the Withlacoochee River**. Knights Creek* goes into Mud Creek* which goes into the Alapahoochee* River and then the Alapaha River*, eventually joining the Suwannee River in Florida, as does the Withlacoochee. Valdosta Utilities and Public Relations know all that. But why should every citizen, Continue reading

Skipper Bridge, 17.66 feet, flood level 15 feet

The water level continued up from yesterday, when it was Downstream 31.0116939, -83.2915878 17.66 feet on the USGS guage at Skipper Bridge in Lowndes County, Georgia at 9:46 AM when I took these pictures. Flood stage is 15 feet. It was so high you could have floated over the chain link fence the county put in when it replaced the bridge, thus preventing normal use of this bridge as a Withlacoochee River access point on the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.

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Downstream panorama 30.9016667, 83.2930556

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South Georgia Growing Local 2016

The recent posts about Backyard hens, Valdosta City School Gardens, Planting by the moon,

and Essential oils, were from sessions in yesterday’s South Georgia Growing Local 2016 Continue reading