WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Back by popular demand!
This year plus lunch grilling and a silent auction afterwards:
the fifth annual BIG Little River Paddle Race,
a fundraiser for WWALS and Friends of Reed Bingham (FORB).
Last year we had 34 paddlers, and the traditional winner almost lost!
Come on down and you can be a winner, if not first place, in one of many categories.
WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman explained WWALS and Suwannee Riverkeeper to the Kiwanis Club of Valdosta, Friday, April 7, 2017. After a brief exercise in getting the windows covered to enhance the video projector brightness, the group was engaged and asked questions about river access, agricultural run off, land stewardship, and some shared their experiences of being on the rivers. It is always a pleasure to share our love of the rivers and our efforts to protect water quality with those in our community.
Wade Krueger of Kiwanis and Gretchen Quarterman of WWALS
Picture by Justin Cabral of Kiwanis Club of Valdosta
The conclusion from FDEP in their
BMAP presented to an almost-full
SRWMD boardroom on April 13, 2017 was:
nitrogen runoff into springs and rivers from all sources (the biggest being agriculture, dairies, and poultry) must decrease 83 to 93 percent.
For once nobody seemed to argue with research by state agencies.
Rather everyone, from representatives of the biggest of farmers
to Pilgrim’s Pride to a wide variety of environmental groups
seemed aghast at the severity of the situation.
This Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for the Lower and Middle Suwannee River Basin turns out to include the Withlacoochee River almost to the Georgia line,
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