Monthly Archives: June 2014

Blueway Trails in South Georgia?

In the Lanier County Advocate today:

300x860 Blueways clipping, in Blueway Trails in South Georgia?, by Christopher Lee Graham, for WWALS.net, 25 June 2014 Blue Trails are marked routes that take visitors along rivers, lakes, canals and coastlines. Water trails not only require suitable access points and take-outs for exits but also provide place ashore to camp and picnic and points of interest for canoeists, paddle boarders, boaters, kayakers and rafts. Some trails maybe suitable for float tubing. Blueways are typically developed by the state, county or local municipalities to encourage recreation, ecological education and preservation of wildlife resources.

As a Naylor resident I urge the surrounding county residents to contact their local commissioner and demand all public access to the Alapaha river to be tie into the #Regional_ Water_ Trails_System.

Here are some of the benefits Continue reading

Suwannee Bioregion Coalition?

Related to population centers in the Suwannee River watershed, someone asked, “Do we need an interstate Suwannee Bioregion Coalition to guard the waters that feed into the Suwannee River?” We’ve got pieces of it already cooperating to some extent in opposing the Sabal Trail pipeline. There are many other even larger issues that everyone in the Suwannee River basin faces.

In south Georgia and north Florida we have Continue reading

Our Santa Fe River and Ichetucknee Alliance for water conservation

Much conservation activism lately on the third main tributary of the Suwannee River, the Santa Fe River, with its tributary the Ichetucknee River, both completely in Florida, unlike WWALS’ Withlacoochee and Alapaha Rivers, which cross from Georgia into Florida. They each have their own watershed groups, somewhat like WWALS.

Christopher Curry wrote for the Gainesville Sun 21 June 2014, Grassroots environmentalists fight to protect Ichetucknee, Santa Fe,

At the head spring, a woman stands in knee-deep water on the stairs leading into the swimming hole. About 20 feet in front of her, splashing, swimming family members shout out some encouragement to try to coax her into the cold blue water.

It’s an idyllic scene of summer fun. At a nearby picnic table in the shade, the atmosphere is more serious.

There, some folks from two small but active environmental groups in the Suwannee River Water Management District Our Santa Fe River and the Ichetucknee Alliance — are gathered, sharing Continue reading

Seven Out Superfund Assessment Public Meeting 2014-07-17

6-8PM Thursday 17 July 2014
Memorial Stadium, 715 Dewey St., Waycross, GA 31501

The Environmental Protection Agency, GA Environmental Protection Division, and Georgia Department of Public Health will be present to discuss sample collection and results from the Seven Out Tank site in downtown Waycross.

EPD will also be available to address issues and answer questions regarding CSX.

From Satilla Riverkeeper’s facebook event. Here’s a map: Continue reading

The Politics of Water: Epic Battles and Endeavors to Protect Georgia’s Water –GWC

The very effective Georgia Water Coalition (GWC) invites you to see how it’s done and to come help. This is not a WWALS event, but WWALS is one of the 216 GWC Partners. Details via WWALS Ambassador Dave Hetzel: The Politics of Water: Epic Battles and Endeavors to Protect Georgia’s Water,

Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 PM
Riverview Landing, Mableton, Georgia

On the banks of the Chattahoochee River in conjunction with Paddle Georgia 2014 Continue reading

Biggest city in Suwannee River watershed?

Apparently everybody knew this but me. The biggest city in the entire 11,020 square mile Suwannee river basin, half in south Georgia and half in Florida (that half being the largest river basin in Florida), is…. Continue reading

Boat upstream on the Little River @ GA 133 2014-06-28

Paddle upstream on the Little River and float back down: the WWALS June Outing.

When: Please arrive by 8:30 AM so everyone can be ready to put in by 9AM.

Where: GA 133 bridge at the border of Brooks County and Lowndes County, Georgia. If we go far enough up, Continue reading

Adopt-A-Stream bacterial and chemical monitoring workshops in Waycross

Bacterial Monitoring on Friday and Chemical Monitoring on Saturday in Waycross, by Georgia Adopt-A-Stream (AAS), Satilla Riverkeeper, and other. This is not a WWALS event, but everyone is invited. -jsq Continue reading

June WWALS Board meeting by teleconference 7:30 PM 11 June 2014

Board meetings are open to the public.

Draft Agenda (revised to add GWC, June outing, signs, IRS status, and Waycross Adopt-A-Stream, and to fix time of day.
WWALS Board of Directors
7:30 PM Wednesday June 11 2014
by teleconference
Dial-in Number: (712) 432-1212
Meeting ID: 974-054-025

Board members are listed in www.wwals.net: Continue reading

IRS confirmed 501(c)(3) status for WWALS

Treasurer Gretchen Quarterman reports she received a letter from the IRS yesterday (PDF, image):

Dear Applicant,

We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to you are tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.

This nonprofit educational public charity status for WWALS is effective as of our date of incorporation, June 8th, 2012. So all contributions to WWALS back to that date are officially tax-deductible.

-jsq