WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Upper Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s top environmental agency
helped block a scathing federal report outlining environmental
concerns from being submitted as part of a challenge to a
controversial natural gas pipeline that would run across some of
Florida’s most “environmentally sensitive areas.”
The Sabal Trail pipeline, a joint venture of Spectra Energy, Duke
Energy and Florida Power & Light Co.’s parent company, would extend
515 miles from central Alabama to Osceola County. The project, which
covers more than 260 miles in Florida, faces a legal challenge to a
state permit in Florida from an environmental group named the WWALS
Thanks to all WWALS members on this Thanksgiving Day!
Thanks for coming on outings,
for helping build the water trails,
for following the Valdosta wastewater situation,
for tracking down recent corporate agricultural land purchases,
and for helping fight an unnecessary pipeline and promote clean energy!
Lots of outings are coming up, starting with a hike that needs no boats,
at Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area between Valdosta and Lakeland.
Then a brief paddle on the Little River and a much longer one on the Alapaha River,
plus the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail logo contest Continue reading →
WWALS is a member of the Florida Springs Council (FSC), which is headquartered at Florida Springs Institute (FSI).
The Florida Springs Institute is hosting its end-of-year benefit at
Silver Springs this year on December 11 from 6-9 p.m.
and we would
like to extend an invitation to all FSC organizations and their
members to join us for this fun-filled event. Our keynote speaker
for the evening is the former SJRWMD and SWFWMD Executive Director
and current author of the blog, SWFWMD Matters
(http://swfwmdmatters.blogspot.com/), Emilio “Sonny”
Vergara. Tickets for the event are $75 and include admission to
Silver Springs State Park and the Silver River Museum, food and
drinks, and an opportunity to meet and hear from well-known springs
advocates. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle for a
Silver River boat tour for 20 people! All proceeds will benefit the
FSI, a nonprofit organization.
Downstream from Valdosta and Tifton on the Withlacoochee River, and downstream from Fitzgerald on the Willacoochee River: room for improvement in fecal coliform,
said the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in a draft report issued Friday.
The comment deadline is January 20th, 2016.
On a quick read, the various wastewater treatment plants do not seem to be the main source of the contamination.
Other likely culprits include leaking septic tanks, concentrated livestock operations, and landfills and land application sites, both closed and operating.
Also notice the proposed Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline would cross most if not all of these TMDL locations in Lowndes County.
Would drilling under the Withlacoochee River and open cuts in these areas help the TMDL problem?