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.
On WWALS TV radio
Scott James and Valdosta Airport Executive Director James Galloway and I
discussed alligators, karst limestone, and water levels on the Suwannee, Withlacoochee, and Alapaha Rivers.
If I have to fly, I much prefer flying out of
Valdosta to Atlanta, because if you forget about your pocketknife,
security will just ask you if you want to take it to your car.
Shotgun was born in Albany, Georgia and joined his first radio station at the young age of 15. After high school, he joined The U.S. Army earned degrees from Maryland and Central Texas. After that, he toured with such bands as Little Texas, Sawyer Brown and Robin Lee before returning to his first love of radio. In 2004 he signed on at WKAA 105.9 later to become 99.5 Kix Country. Although he has left to try other things he has returned to where it all began in Kix Country.
Come help WWALS celebrate spring with 30,000 of our south Georgia and north Florida friends,
at the Azalea Festival in Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia.
We will have information about our outings and advocacy (yes, including Valdosta wastewater),
and pictures for sale Gretchen took of our rivers,
plus a kayak raffle.
10AM-6PM Saturday 9 March 2019
10AM-5PM Sunday 10 March 2019
In a March 3, 2016, letter, the Federal Railroad Administration
warned Florida East Coast Railway of the danger of transporting
Liquefied Natural Gas on the same tracks as high-speed passenger
rail. What could go wrong? Do the math…. If an LNG container is
breached, accidentally or intentionally, the liquid begins to warm,
resulting in a Flammable Vapor-Cloud that can be blown around by the
wind, igniting everything in its path. In Fernley, Nevada, the
Flammable Vapor-Cloud fire from a tanker truck loaded with 10,000
gallons of LNG appeared to have been caused by static electricity.
Flames shot 40 feet into the air and fire officials evacuated the
area. The fire burned for a couple of days, before eventually
burning itself out.
Photo: Howard Salmon, for Tahoe Daily Tribune, of Fernley, NV, LNG tanker truck fire, 2005-09-14
that facebook group says,
if you want to help stop fires like that from happening in Florida or Georgia,
you can contribute to the WWALS legal fund
for the pending case against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
for shirking its inland LNG oversight duty.
Now at State Line Ramp!
Yes, we’ve moved downstream, to plenty of water, no deadfalls, plus shoals, in two states (Georgia and Florida) and four counties (Lowndes, Brooks, Madison, and Hamilton).
Hahira, GA, October 8, 2018 —
By popular demand at the Hahira Honeybee Festival,
WWALS has extended the deadline for early-bird $20 tickets through Saturday,
October 13, for the WWALS Boomerang paddle race, coming up Saturday, November 3, 2018.
This new event goes downstream and back again
on the Withlacoochee River and the west edge of
Valdosta, the largest city in the Suwannee River Basin, only a few miles
from Valdosta State University.
Someone from the Atlantic coast of Florida won our spring BIG Little River Paddle Race
this spring, and kayaks or canoes from everywhere are welcome at the Boomerang as well.
If you don’t have a boat, two outfitters so far have signed up to supply those.
There will be food and drink and music at this
WWALS fall paddling festival.
Boomerang paddlers will race from Langdale Park Boat Ramp,
just off of North Valdosta Road (US 41), down the Withlacoochee River to
Sugar Creek Landing, and back upstream.
If you don’t want to race, you can just paddle,
and if you don’t want to paddle upstream, you can take out onto Gornto Road.
Bobby’s four-year-old son finished our other paddle race, so paddlers
of all ages are welcome.
Steve Nichols for having me on
The Morning Drive with Steve Nichols, 105.9FM WVGA.
We talked about water trails, paddle races, and the Sabal Trail pipeline federal eminent domain jury trials,
which were being settled as we spoke.
Also we hear the Naylor Boat Ramp will be finished soon
by Lowndes County.
As I asked Steve about the three jury trials:
This is about federal eminent domain for the Sabal Trail pipeline.
SN: That’s right.
Now they already built the pipeline.
But for these landowners, they sued them for the eminent domain.
They do not have a written agreement with the landowners.
They have not paid them a cent.
But they already built the pipeline.
Does that sound right to you? Continue reading →
Thursday morning Suwannee Riverkeeper will
be on the
“top rated morning talk show in south Georgia”
with Steve Nichols,
talking about paddle outings, water trails, paddle races,
and the Sabal Trail pipeline federal eminent domain jury trials going on
right now in Valdosta.
Come hear good music this afternoon, new songs about the Suwannee,
Withlacoochee, and other rivers, said
Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman
on the radio yesterday morning with
The M.C. for today’s finals of the
Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest,
WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman, explained the raffles (kayak, swag,
and silent auction), and we mentioned
the buffet and cash bar at the
at the Salty Snapper, 1405 Gornto Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602.
We listed the finalists in the
Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest,
and described the format: speeches (especially by Will Eason of the Salty Snapper), finalists play new songs about the rivers, judges score on music, lyrics, history, etc., and finally
the results of the raffles, and the prizes.
We showed off the First Prize plaque, just handed to us by WWALS
Board Member Phil Hubbard, who made it.