Organizational Meeting for Alapaha River Water Trail 2014-12-13

300x638 ARWT, in Alapaha River Water Trail draft map, by John S. Quarterman, for WWALS.net, 7 November 2014 WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation
3338 Country Club Road #L336
Valdosta, GA 31605
17 November 2014

Re: Alapaha River Water Trail

Dear Neighbor,

You are invited to an organizational meeting for the Alapaha River Water Trail by WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS). This updates and slightly extends the old Alapaha Canoe Trail from the 1970s, with new map, brochure, and website in the making.

When: 1-4PM Saturday December 13th 2014
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Suwannee River Basin

About waterbodies beyond WWALS Watersheds in the same Suwannee River Basin. This material will be updated in the Basin page.

325x602 Suwannee Streamer, in Suwannee River Basin, by John S. Quarterman, for WWALS.net, 25 June 2014 South Georgia, north Florida

Upper Suwannee River

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Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the Alapaha River Water Trail –Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce in the center of the Alapaha River Water Trail sent a very nice letter of support that connects the dots between water recreation, education, and economy.

VALDOSTA – LOWNDES COUNTY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


Leading Businesses.
Leading Communities.

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Dirty Dozen, sinkhole, aquifer, drinking water, and corrosion –WWALS to FERC about Sabal Trail

“There is no reason anyone in WWALS’ watersheds should accept any risk for the profit of Williams Company, Spectra Energy, and FPL, when any need for the Sabal Trail pipeline is unproven, and in any case the pipeline does not serve anyone in Georgia.”

Filed with FERC 15 November 2014, and appeared in FERC’s ecomment system 17 November 2014 (PDF).

WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.
3338 Country Club Road #L336
Valdosta, GA 31605
15 November 2014

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING
Ms. Kimberly Bose
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20426

Re: Southeast Market Pipelines Project,
Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC Docket No PFl4-1-000
Williams Transco Hillabee Expansion Project, LLC Docket No PFl4-6-000

Dear Ms. Bose,

I applaud FERC for getting Sabal Trail to move off of the Withlacoochee River in Hamilton County, Florida. However, the same karst limestone geology underlies the same Withlacoochee River and the Floridan Aquifer in Brooks and Lowndes Counties, Georgia, and WWALS Watershed Coalition continues Continue reading

Alapaha River Sink

300x225 River and sink, in Alapaha River Sink, by Deanna Mericle, for WWALS.net, 11 November 2014 Deanna Mericle posted on facebook 11 November 2014,

Chris and I hiked the riverbed of the Alapaha River and found the other sink!
Other as in different from the Dead River Sink. Continue reading

Rivers go underground at the Cody Scarp

The Alapaha River goes underground because the underlying karst limestone rises in what’s called the Cody Scarp, which runs across north Florida. Other rivers that go underground there include the Little Alapaha River and the Santa Fe River. The Withlacoochee River does not go underground, but it does sprout Madison Blue Spring.


Source: Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, vol. 123, no. 3-4, p. 457.

Here’s a cutaway diagram of how all that works underground: Continue reading

Coastal Plain Chapter, Georgia Native Plant Society, 2014-11-15

Plants in our watersheds and along our waterways affect everything from water flow to absorption to water quality to esthetics. This Saturday there’s a conference about that near the Alapaha River.

Annual Meeting, Coastal Plain Chapter, Georgia Native Plant Society,

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Avoid karst and water and demonstrate need for the Sabal Trail pipelne –Dougherty County Commission to FERC

A county commission is representing its people and the waters of Georgia in a resolution Dougherty County sent to FERC which says in part:

300x391 Resolution page 2, in Resolution No. 14-019 pipeline and compressor station, by Dougherty County Commission, for SpectraBusters.org, 5 November 2014 SECTION II Thus, we are in opposition to the construction of the proposed pipeline in Dougherty County and request that FERC give serious consideration and analysis to alternative routes (1) that avoid unstable geologic areas such as karst and sink-hole prone areas, (2) that minimize impacts to drinking water and agricultural water supplies, (3) that minimize impacts to wildlife habitat, forest, wetlands, streams and rivers and (4) that do not compromise socio-economic and cultural issues.

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Valdosta rerouting sewer main away from Withlacoochee River

300x232 Map, in Force Main and Pump Stations, by City of Valdosta, 8 November 2014 Not only is Valdosta putting in a new force main to stop the manhole overflows in neighborhoods near the Withlacoochee River, it plans to abandon the current trunk main next to the river once that project is finished. An update on Valdosta’s sanitary sewer projects by Tim Carroll led to this map of the projects, on which you can see that rerouting: Continue reading

WWALS at Alapaha Celebration Days

WWALS will have a booth at the annual Alapaha Celebration Station in Alapaha, Georgia, tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 8th 2014. The festival theme this year is Alapaha River Days. See you in downtown Alapaha tomorrow, at 245 NE Railroad Street, 31.381532,-83.223416, just east of Main Street, US 129.

Mission of WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.: Continue reading