Committees

Most committees meet as needed, and include members who are not on the board. All committees report to the board, usually through the Executive Committee. See Committee System.

There are openings on the board right now, and always on the some of the committees. If you want to apply, please fill out the application form.

The committees are: Executive, Nominating, Membership, Grants, Science, Outings, Events, PR, Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT), Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WRWT), and Watershed Issues (formerly Pipeline).

Executive Committee

John S. Quarterman (President), Dave Hetzel (Secretary and Ambassador), and Gretchen Quarterman (Treasurer).

Consists of the officers, makes decisions between board meetings, authorized to approve up to $300 in expenditures without full Board approval and to make other decisions as needed, including to appoint members to committees. Meets approximately monthly, usually by teleconference.

Nominating Committee

John S. Quarterman (Chair), Dave Hetzel, Gretchen Quarterman, Tom Phillips, and Phil Hubbard. Appointed 19 June 2017 to nominate a slate of board members for the open positions for the 12 July 2017 Annual Meeting, and to nominate a slate of officers for the 12 July 2017 Quarterly Board Meeting.

Membership Committee

Gretchen Quarterman (Chair), Dave Hetzel, Garry Gentry, and Deanna Mericle. Added Patrick Kunes 16 August 2015. Added Amy Wiegenstein 18 May 2016.

The mission of the WWALS membership committee is to manage membership records with the goal of building and retaining a strong diversified membership.

This includes maintaining the membership database (spreadsheet), any on-line mailing lists, and communications with the membership. At this time, the membership committee will continue to produce and distribute the newsletter based upon input from other committees. See Newsletters.

You can help WWALS conserve our watersheds by joining today!

Grant Writing Committee

Gretchen Quarterman (Chair). Created by WWALS board 13 April 2016. Added Tom Potter 18 May 2016.

Mission: Write grant applications.

Science Committee

Research and respositories. Tom Potter Chair. Members: Tom Potter, Bret Wagenhorst, Phil Hubbard, John S. Quarterman. Created by WWALS board 14 August 2016. Added Can Denizman 2 January 2017. Added Steven M. Thompson 19 January 2017.

Outings Committee

Phil Hubbard (Chair), Bret Wagenhorst, Chris Graham, Dallas Bush, Edwin Brunot, and April Huntley. Added Martin Register 18 August 2015. Added Tom Potter 29 February 2016. Added Phil Hubbard 11 April 2016. Added Shirley Kokidko 26 March 2017.

The mission of the outings committee is to plan and organize paddles, hikes, clean-ups and other outdoor activities to encourage use of public waterways and lands, which will promote enjoyment, stewardship, awareness and conservation of the waters and lands within the WWALS watersheds.

Strategies to implement in order to fulfill the committee’s mission:

  • Schedule outings with enough advance notice so people can make arrangements to attend; preferably 3 months in advance.
  • Have all outings details logged onto the WWALS site (spreadsheet) in a timely manner for the PR and Membership committees to be able to get the word out about the upcoming outings [see WWALS calendar].
  • Each outing will have a designated leader responsible for/in charge of each trip.
  • Each outing will have a back up location in case water levels/conditions are not conducive for an outing at the original location.
  • Short notice outings may be planned to take advantage of special conditions.
  • Actively pursue new participants for both outings and the committee.
  • Share knowledge of the waterways and lands with other interested groups or individuals.

Some pictures of the annual BIG Little River Paddle Race: SW gjkq, jsq.

Events Committee

Karan A. Rawlins, Bret Wagenhorst, Dave Hetzel, and Heather Brasell.

See the Outings and Events page.

Seminars and other mostly indoor meetings, such as the WWALS Watershed Conference, Tifton, GA, 24 August 2013, about the single largest assets you’ll ever own, and the February 2016 Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail Workshop.

See the Events page.

Public Relations Committee

John S. Quarterman (Chair), Chris Graham (blog), April Huntley (facebook events), and Gretchen Quarterman (calendar). Added Patrick Kunes 26 August 2015. Added Shirley Kokidko (meetup) 18 January 2016. Added Amy Wiegenstein 11 March 2016. Added Katherine Vanscyoc 13 July 2016.

Promotes public awareness and participation in the mission of WWALS through traditional public relations and social media.

See the Press releases and news items, WWALS website and blog, calendar, facebook page and group, wwals@googlegroup.com, and internal email lists, plus general communications. Try our flooding charts.

Alapaha River Water Trail Committee

Chris Graham (Chair), John S. Quarterman, Bret Wagenhorst, Karan A. Rawlins, Kathy Brunot, April Huntley, Deanna Mericle, Brian Atwater, and Dave Hetzel.

To implement an Alapaha River Water Trail, including the Georgia River Network grant for that purpose.

Also known as the Alapaha River Trail Committee, WWALS-ART.

See the Alapaha River Water Trail page and the Blueway category.

Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail

Proposal approved 10 June 2015 by WWALS ExecComm, with Chair Chris Mericle, members Bret Wagenhorst, Deanna Mericle, Chris Graham, John S. Quarterman. Added Julie Bowland 22 June 2015. Added David Lambert 7 August 2015. Added Tom Baird 12 August 2015. Added Tom Potter 23 December 2015. More Committee members wanted! Apply online or stay tuned for more information.

To (re-)establish a Withlacoochee River Water Trail, including the Little River. See the WRWT web page, especially the draft map and spreadsheet, which already contains entries for every access point from every known guidebook. Lots of work left to do, in miles, pictures, points of interest, events, and other things you will think of!

Watershed Issues Committee

John S. Quarterman (Chair) and Deanna Mericle. Added Tom Edwards 14 August 2015. Added David Shields 27 October 2015. Added Lori McCraney 21 February 2016. Added Cecile Scofield 10 April 2016. Added Loretta Tennant 25 April 2016. Added Can Denizman 20 October 2016. Added Maxine Connor 17 December 2016. Added Harriet Heywood 23 December 2016. Added Eileen Box 2 January 2017. Added Terre Tulsiak 8 January 2017. Added Janet Barrow 10 January 2017. Added Andrea Rea 10 March 2017. Added William Worstell 16 March 2017. Added Patterson Wall 30 April 2017.

Renamed 11 February 2016 from Pipeline Committee to Watershed Issues Committee. The Watershed Issues Committee is for matters including Valdosta wastewater, corporate agriculture land purchase (including by Bill Gates), opposing the Sabal Trail pipeline and fracking, promoting solar power, and the Waycross Superfund mess: see the Issues page.

Obviously this Watershed Issues Committee could use some new volunteers, perhaps to split out some of these topics into new committees.

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