Written as a newspaper letter to the editor and posted here with permission. -jsq
Did you know Lanier County doesn’t have zoning laws. Which that mean
they can development on wetlands and on our Floridan Aquifer
Recharge zone and build resident houses, subdivided, commercial
building etc., cut timber on wetlands, on our watersheds and a
Natural Gas Company want to put a pipeline through on these precious
lands they can. It will destroy the land environment like our
Floridan Aquifer Recharge zone (aka our drinking water) and our
wetlands and our watersheds. Because it not protected like it
Well it time to protect it before it all destroy and gone.
It is up to our local government to protect these precious lands and
preserve it in the original state. Yes it’s time for our local
government to do there job to protect it. So it can be there
I notices they got those lands zone as Ag and V5 zone.
Which those zone doesn’t protect it and in fact it can destroy those
lands Eco system because they spray pesticide for there farm crops
near the Floridan Aquifer Recharge zone and wetlands, our
watersheds. It will Continue reading →
their facebook page today,
a conservation group in Florida convinced Sabal Trail to steer clear
of their springs.
Or did they?
The “written assurances” they they got from Spectra’s Andrea Grover
say “preferred” and “currently”.
In any case, some of Ichetucknee Alliance’s positions are just as valid
in WWALS’ watersheds.
Hillabee alternative route runs right down the middle of
the WWALS watersheds,
Lowndes County in Georgia,
Hamilton County, Madison County, and Suwannee County in Florida.
This puts it not only still in the Withlacoochee River watershed,
but also in the Little River and Alapaha River watersheds.
This route by the pipeline company Sabal Trail Transmission (owned and managed
by Spectra Energy)
avoids Albany but apparently goes through Tifton and Valdosta
and still through Lowndes County
entering Florida in Hamilton County much like Spectra’s
Georgia Public Service Commission
Florida Public Service Commission
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.
opposes the proposed Sabal Trail Transmission gas pipeline
that would cut a 100 foot wide gash across our Withlacoochee
River and through many wetlands in south Georgia and north
Florida, including recharge zones for the Floridan Aquifer
that provides our drinking water.
Toxic legacy in Waycross Needs Further
Lurking within Mary Street Park, a tree-lined neighborhood park in Waycross,
is a silent killer—toxic pollutants from a defunct industrial wastewater
treatment facility known as Seven Out Tank. Opened in 2002, the industrial
waste handler operated only two years before multiple environmental
violations led to the facility’s closure. Now, after Continue reading →
It looks like SB 213 is being resurrected after
falling in the Georgia House in March.
This GEFA ASR meeting is in Newton, which is not far west of Tifton.
When will they be coming for the waters of the Little River, too?
One aspect of the bill river advocates found objectionable was the
concept of “stream flow augmentation,” including aquifer
storage and recovery, or ASR, which Coalition officials define as
“the injection of ground water into the aquifer, which would
be extracted later and sent downstream.” According to the
Coalition, the process could cause irreversible contamination of the
In addition to the points made
by S.A.V.E., WWALS would like to add that oil and
run downhill in our watersheds,
fracking for natural gas
pollutes groundwater, and
fossil fuel energy plants use
massive amounts of water that could go for agriculture or
drinking. Divestment from fossil fuels by VSU by itself
won’t stop leaks or end fracking or shut down coal
plants. But it will send a clear signal that our regional
state university is leading the shift from fossil fuels to
renewable solar and wind power with efficiency and
Moved to VSU, University Center, Dogwood Room!
Prof. Don Thieme of VSU will speak about underground water issues
at the October WWALS board meeting in Wednesday October 9th at 7:30 PM
facebook event or come as you are.