an advocacy organization working for watershed conservation of the Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River Systems watershed in south Georgia and north Florida through awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen advocacy.
For fishing in Brooks County, GA, try
Bowen Mill Pond, west of Quitman.
Heading west on US 84, turn right on Barwick Road between the Harveys and the Rite Aid, or right on Shiver Road.
Then turn left on Dry Lake Road, and eventually turn left on Bowen Mill Pond road.
You’ll see the pond on your right after a while.
Or, if you don’t mind dirt roads, turn off of US 84 onto Few Lane,
immediately left onto Hassell Road, and when it curves to the right
you’ll see the pond on your left.
Upper Piscola Creek Watershed encompasses 25,936 acres of land in
the southeast part of Thomas and western part of Brooks Counties in
southwest Georgia. The land around the watershed is about 75 percent
photo by Georgia NRCS crop, pasture, range and other associated
agriculture use. About 20 percent of the watershed is forested. The
other five percent is commercial or communities.
If you enjoy paddling the Alapaha River, I hope you will consider
coming out this Saturday to give back and help clean up along the
river’s banks as part of a
GA Rivers Alive cleanup. Starts at 0900
at the boat ramp at the Hwy 82 bridge just east of the town of
Alapaha. I anticipate the cleanup will last about an hour. Bring
work gloves and good cheer.
This conference coming up next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
looks quite interesting.
I wonder if they know they’re directly on the Sabal Trail fracked methane
pipeline Alternative 3
which would gouge through the Floridan Aquifer from Albany, GA through
Monticello and then east and south across the Ochlockonee, Aucilla, Ecofina, Suwannee, and Santa Fe Rivers?
Delivered on paper to Commissioner Joyce E. Evans
a week ago, and sent by email to all the Lowndes County Commissioners today,
with attached PDF. -jsq
3338 Country Club Road #L336
Valdosta, GA 31605
11 September 2014
Re: Alapaha Water
Dear Lowndes County
WWALS Watershed Coalition
is implementing a small grant from Georgia River Network
(GRN) to establish an Alapaha River Water Trail.
addition, a grant application opportunity has come up that
could result in funding to Lowndes County for related
facilities, and perhaps to extend that Water Trail into a
system of Blueways also including the Withlacoochee and
Little Rivers. In addition to improving local quality of
life, either or both could contribute to the economy of
Lowndes County by bringing in boaters on the rivers who
would buy locally, and providing features attractive to
knowledge-based businesses and their employees. All at
little or no cost to the county plus grant
Will Sabal Trail actually move off the Withlacoochee River in Florida?
That depends on how you interpret which version of what Sabal Trail has said
about its seven (7) different proposed fracked methane pipeline
routes through Suwannee County, Florida.
And all but one of the five proposed Georgia routes still would
cross the Withlacoochee River in Lowndes County, Georgia.
Beware that no matter what Sabal Trail says, FERC could pick any of these
routes or some other.
And no matter what FERC says, other agencies, including state and local,
also have to approve permits and other evaluatios of any route,
plus both Spectra Energy and Williams Company have recently “suspended”
or cancelled pipelines as uneconomic.
There is something you and your local elected bodies can do.
Local property owners met with FERC and Sabal Trail to voice concerns with the proposed Natural Gas pipeline route where it crosses the Withlacoochee River in Hamilton County, Florida. We had a great turnout of local support. Also in attendance, supporting our cause, was David Brown, Florida Certified Geologist, Jessica Norfleet, Constituent Advocate representing U.S. Congressman Ted Yoho, and Louie Goodin, Hamilton Co. Coordinator representing Hamilton Co. Board of Commissioners.
Attendees for FERC included John Peconom, Project manager, James Martin, Chief-Gas Branch3 and at least 4 other people.
Sabal had over 10 people attending from all areas of expertise including Andrea Glover, public relations, and Greg Jones, Geologist.