What is WWALS?
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational corporation advocating for watershed conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, and Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Who is involved?
Currently WWALS is made up of volunteers from several counties across south Georgia and north Florida in the watersheds of the area. See the list of board members. You don’t have to be on the board to attend events or be on a committee or to donate. WWALS is fundraising to hire an executive director and riverkeeper. Your membership or company or foundation can help!
Where do you meet?
WWALS holds a publicized paddle outing or other event each month; see the WWALS calendar. In addition, the board meets quarterly, usually in Adel Georgia, developing strategies for watershed conservation; board meetings are open to the public.
Which counties or cities?
WWALS has members from California to Atlanta south past Orlando, especially in the 29 counties that are all or in part in our watersheds. Lowndes County, Georgia, and Columbia County, Florida are our most populous, and our biggest cities are Valdosta, Tifton, and Moultrie, GA, and Lake City, FL. All are listed here: http://www.wwals.net/maps/wwals-counties-cities/
Our ten rivers are: New and Little Rivers flowing into the Withlacoochee; Willacoochee, Alapahoochee, Dead, and Little Alapaha Rivers flowing into the Alapaha; Black River like Withlacoochee and Alapaha flowing into the Suwannee River, which goes to the Gulf of Mexico. Plus many creeks, swamps. lakes, and ponds, including our entire watersheds. http://www.wwals.net/2013/07/21/streamer-on-the-alapaha-and-withlacoochee-rivers/
How is this different from Rivers Alive or Adopt a Stream?
WWALS is an educational organization, seeking to work with the community at large to provide information about the conservation of the watersheds to land owners, recreational users, interested citizens, farmers, corporations and other interested parties. Our intent is not to duplicate any existing organizations but to identify resources, groups and issues which are an integral part of our watershed.
Are you a Riverkeeper?
Yes. WWALS is the WATERKEEPER® Member for the Suwannee River and its tributaries and watersheds, including the Alapaha, Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, and Little Rivers, and Okapilco and Piscola Creeks, working with the WATERKEEPER® Alliance to promote swimmable, drinkable, fishable waterways worldwide.