WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) is Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
WWALS: BLRPR 2017 paddlers and winners 2017-04-29 [Up]
Dwight Griner of Berrien County, Georgia won for the fifth time;
see also the press release.
A dozen other boats received prizes,
as a record number of people paddled
in the Fifth Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race, April 29, 2017.
Tifton and Tift County had the most paddlers,
but the awards show more boats from Moultrie and Colquitt County.
Lowndes had the second most paddlers, and there were two people each from
Cook and from far-away Houston and Harris Counties, and one from Thomas County.
This year's BLRPR included three popular new attractions:
Lunch grilled on the spot
A silent auction
A kayak raffle
Perhaps the food was the most popular,
since everyone was hungry after racing (or leisurely paddling) down
the beautiful blackwater Little River beneath cypress and pines in the springtime.
show the start at Red Roberts Landing in Cook County on the Little River
and the finish at the Colquitt County landing on the lake in Reed Bingham State Park, Georgia.
Thanks everyone for helping WWALS educate the public about our fabulous rivers and conserve them for everyone to use.
This was an all-hands-on-deck event for WWALS: every board member
and many others too numerous to mention helped in some way,
and of course Friends of Reed Bingham (FORB)
and the park rangers at Reed Bingham State Park.
I would especially like to call out the BLRPR mastermind,
the president of FORB, Diane Walters;
who was involved in more ways than almost anyone else.
And of course the Sponsors,
several of whom contributed items for the silent auction:
Cook Family Wellness Center & Convenient Care Clinic
Dr. Bret Wagenhorst, eye M.D.
Wilson Eye Center
Wild Adventures Theme Park
South Georgia Pecan
Many people bought tickets for the kayak raffle.
You can still get your raffle tickets online.
The drawing will be at the WWALS Annual Meeting, 7PM Wednesday July 12, 2017, in Valdosta, GA.
You do not have to be present to win, but you will be responsible for
picking up the kayak if you win.
#? marks a paddler who was not registered in the race.
Register next time and you'll have a chance to win while helping even more!
Curiously there were no entrants from Berrien or Brooks or Lanier Counties, Georgia,
and none from Florida.
Looks like WWALS also needs to hold a paddle race on the Suwannee River in Florida.
Maybe we'll do that this fall.
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS)
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. John S. Quarterman is the Suwannee Riverkeeper®, which is a staff position and a project of WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS) as the Member of the Waterkeeper® Alliance for the Suwannee River basin.
WWALS is a 501(c)(3) educational charity.
Computed Paddle Time* calculated from the photograph timestamp.
As you can see it compares closely with the Paddle Time,
so identification of the pictures is pretty reliable for the
people who are named in the table.
* for pictures of people clocking in
Pictures are by Kat Brim and Wes Hubbard, using equipment supplied by Phil Hubbard,
except as noted:
(BW) Bret Wagenhorst
(GQ) Gretchen Quarterman
(jsq) John S. Quarterman (more in previous post)
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS), est. 2012, is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-for-profit charity.
WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the surface waters and groundwater of the Suwannee River Basin and Estuary, in south Georgia and north Florida, among them the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds, through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
is a project and a staff member of WWALS as the Waterkeeper Alliance® member for the 10,000 square mile Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia.