Pictures: Twomile Branch Cleanup 2020-08-29

It was fun and productive: cleaning up Twomile Branch and Sugar Creek, plus a bit of the Withlacoochee River.

And we got a statewide award while we were there!

[Bucket, need boat, Withlacoochee River, spider, bottle, handoff, Great Blue Heron, trash, Volunteer of the Year --GA AAS]
Bucket, need boat, Withlacoochee River, spider, bottle, handoff, Great Blue Heron, trash, Volunteer of the Year –GA AAS

The award was the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer of the Year Award, for all the WWALS water quality testing volunteers, many of whom were at this cleanup. Thanks again to Georgia Power for the grant for testing equipment. WWALS is doing an AAS testing training this Saturday.

Join us for another cleanup at Sugar Creek on Saturday, October 10, 2020, or any of several other river and creek locations that same day, in conjunction with Lowndes County and the City of Valdosta. Or help us clean up this Saturday, September 12, 2020, at Berrien Beach Boat Ramp, northeast of Nashville, Georgia, on the Alapaha River.

Thanks to Nic Llinas and Sean of Current Problems for coming up from Gainesville, Florida, to bucket fish in Twomile Branch.

[Nic Llinas tries the bucket]
Nic Llinas tries the bucket

Brave Sean even waded into the creek.

[Sean goes for the direct route]
Sean goes for the direct route

Volunteers at work

[Suzy with a bottle in the horse pasture]
Suzy with a bottle in the horse pasture

[Suzy hands off to Scotti]
Suzy hands off to Scotti

[Suzy, Sean, Sara, Nic, Scotti]
Suzy, Sean, Sara, Nic, Scotti

Sara Jay found an antique bottle that she gave to Scotti Jay for the collection for the fellow who said he would pay for them.

[Antique bottle]
Antique bottle

According to landowner John Mark Eager, the horse pasture used to be the Valdosta city dump, so there’s plenty more buried in there. Thanks again to him for access to the creeks and the river through his pasture.

Animals

WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman found a Great Blue Heron skull. That’s our totem animal.

[Great Blue Heron skull, Gretchen]
Great Blue Heron skull, Gretchen

Watch out for the spiders!

[Banana spider]
Banana spider

More to get

There’s plenty more trash in the creeks that needs boats to get.

[Mound of trash in Sugar Creek]
Mound of trash in Sugar Creek

[More trash]
More trash

Sugar Creek

[Gretchen with a bag by the creek]
Gretchen with a bag by the creek

[Upstream Sugar Creek]
Upstream Sugar Creek

Withlacoochee River

And there’s trash in the Withlacoochee River at Sugar Creek.

[Driftwood and trash in distance]
Driftwood and trash in distance

[Main flow, Withlacoochee River]
Main flow, Withlacoochee River

Troupville Boat Ramp

We left the trash at Troupville Boat Ramp, where VLPRA took it away.

[Trash at Troupville Boat Ramp; thanks VLPRA]
Trash at Troupville Boat Ramp; thanks VLPRA

There are more pictures on the WWALS website and many participants posted more on facebook. These pictures are also on facebook.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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