WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Valdosta, May 3, 2017 — U.S. corn production record holder and
world soybean record holder Randy Dowdy, whose record-producing
fields were severely eroded in rains after Sabal Trail’s pipeline
construction destroyed his terraces and caused massive erosion of
his cropland, will be at the Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta
11:30 AM this morning at a pipeline safety exercise to talk about
the implications of Sabal Trail’s destruction for pipeline safety
and his livelihood.
Randy Dowdy is the 2014 50-year record holder for U.S. corn
production and the world record holder for soybean production. Sabal
Trail gouged its pipeline through his terraces on the land he used
for those soybeans in Brooks County. Despite his warnings, they left
that damage unfixed until rains in January caused massive erosion,
washing his topsoil into a nearby creek. Beyond immediate damage,
this destruction affects Dowdy’s ability to grow such record yields,
and the basic productivity of his fields. What further economic
damage has Sabal Trail done to other farmers and landowners? Where
else will Sabal Trail’s pipeline cause erosion, perhaps in some
places exposing the pipe and risking corrosion and breaks?