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.
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?