Valdosta is ahead of schedule on spending upwards of $300 million to fix their overflows,
expecting already finished
with the two biggest pieces, the force main and the new, uphill, Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment plant, to start up in May 2016 in June 2016. Yet spills still happen and some questions still have not been answered.
The Valdosta wastewater situation is one of the reasons WWALS was founded. Everyone downstream knows heavy rains upstream cause Valdosta’s Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment plant to overflow, and heavy rains on Valdosta cause sewage to come out of manholes into neighborhoods and downstream into Sugar Creek, then the Withlacoochee River, and then the Suwannee River, famous all the way to the Gulf. Not enough people know Valdosta is spending around $300 million to fix these problems. WWALS helps get the word out about that, while continuing to follow up on unresolved questions, such as what about leaks on the east and south sides of Valdosta, which go into the Alapaha River watershed?
The very first speaker at a WWALS board meeting after incorporation was Emily Davenport, then Stormwater Manager for the City of Valdosta, assisted by Angela Bray, then of the Southern Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC). Emily is now Assistant Director of Engineering for Valdosta, and Angela is now the Valdosta Stormwater Manager.
The most recent posts can be found by searching for Valdosta wastewater. Here are some of the most important posts:
- 2017-03-09: Videos: Sewage at Valdosta City Council 2017-03-09
- 2017-03-07: Requesting protection of Suwannee River from Valdosta wastewater –Levy BOCC 2017-03-07
- 2017-03-07: Water issues at Valdosta City Council 2017-03-09
- 2017-02-08: Ensure that Valdosta, Georgia eliminates the dumping of raw sewage into our rivers ‐Madison BOCC 2017-02-08
- 2017-02-21: Ask Florida governor to intervene about Valdosta wastewater —Suwannee BOCC 2017-02-21
- 2017-02-21: Hamilton County Florida Valdosta wastewater resolution asks Georgia and Florida governors to step in 2017-02-21
- 2017-02-11: Only Valdosta and Tifton spilled sewage in Georgia in Suwannee River Basin in January 2017
- 2017-01-30: FL House Rep. Elizabeth Porter asks EPA to Valdosta wastewater
- 2017-01-28: Valdosta attempts to come clean about sewage, and how you can help
- 2017-01-26: SRWMD says FDEP has confirmed river contamination possibly from Valdosta sewage 2017-01-26
- 2017-01-26: Moultrie sewage spill into Ochlockonee River
- 2017-01-26: Tifton wastewater spill into the New River into Withlacoochee into Suwannee River.
- 2017-01-25: Valdosta WWTP spilled millions of gallons and didn’t tell the public for days 2017-01-25
- 2017-01-24: And also a Valdosta WWTP spill 2017-01-24
- 2017-01-23: Small Valdosta sewer spills after big rains 2017-01-23
- 2016-10-27: Videos, Valdosta Wastewater and Flood Prevention
- 2016-10-22: Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant old and new
- 2016-10-10: Valdosta wastewater and flood prevention public meeting by WWALS 2016-10-27
- 2016-07-12: Pictures, Ribbon Cutting, Withlacoochee Water Pollution Control Plant
- 2016-06-09: Valdosta force main and new WWTP are online and working
- 2016-04-18: Valdosta wastewater improvements ribbon cutting being scheduled for May
- 2016-04-14: No new sewer spills from Valdosta or Lowndes County
- 2016-04-04: Details on Valdosta overflows last weekend
- 2016-04-03: More Valdosta wastewater spills over the weekend; stay tuned 2016-04-04
- 2016-03-28: Three more Valdosta wastewater overflows 2016-03-28
- 2016-02-15: Sewage into Two Mile Branch towards the Withlacoochee River
- 2016-02-07: Yet more Valdosta wastewater spills
- 2015-09-09: Valdosta wastewater fixes schedule update
Videos: Valdosta Wastewater meeting with slides
At the request of parties from Atlanta and downstream in Florida, WWALS asked Valdosta to organize this meeting, which was successful in allaying many concerns, but still left some hanging questions.
- 2014-04-15: Facebook Post Causes Tension Between Two Communities, by Winnie Wright, WCTV
- 2013-03-05: Valdosta famous for wastewater in rivers all the way to the Gulf
- 2010-12-08: Suwannee-Satilla Drainage Basin: Flood Control Issues and Requested Action; presentation by Valdosta City Manager Larry Hanson about 2009 flood and old WWTP overflow.
While Valdosta is ahead of schedule fixing the problems, some of those hanging questions are still hanging.