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.
We haven’t forgotten Florida training; that will follow.
We’re just starting with training for the biggest problem area
for sewage, which is in Georgia in the Little, Withlacoochee, and Alapaha River Basins (Tifton, Quitman, Valdosta, and Lowndes County).
1-7PM, Sunday, September 16, 2018
Southern Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC)
327 West Savannah Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31601
plus sampling at a nearby river or creek.
an idea of where you can sample at least monthly, preferably weekly.
Update 2018-09-19: You can buy tickets online,
and two outfitters are supporting the WWALS Boomerang.
Downstream and up again: it’s the WWALS Boomerang,
from Langdale Park Boat Ramp to Sugar Creek Landing on the Withlacoochee River.
Join us for a fun filled day of kayak and canoe racing and leisurely paddling.
New WWALS board member Bobby McKenzie,
whose son Zavier was the youngest finisher at our spring
BIG Little River Paddle Race,
has volunteered to organize a fall race,
with the enthusiastic support of the board and the Outings Committee.
We would also like to thank George Page, Executive Director of
Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority (VLPRA),
for his and VLPRA’s support.
VLPRA renovated Langdale Park last year, so let’s go boat from there.
11:00 AM, November 3, 2018
Langdale Park Boat Ramp,
3781 N. Valdosta Rd., Valdosta, GA 31602.
This is just outside the Valdosta City limits in Lowndes County,
off of North Valdosta Road (US 41 North).
5.5 miles from downtown and only 4 miles from Valdosta State University.
A leisurely two-mile morning paddle from the recently reopened Langdale Park on the largest river through the biggest city in the Suwannee River Basin,
arriving at the recently rediscovered Sugar Creek Landing, well in time for the
Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest in the afternoon.
Bring: the usual personal flotation device, boat paddles, food, drinking water, clothes, and first aid kit.
Also trash pickers and trash bags: every WWALS outing is also a cleanup.
If you don’t have a boat, let us know; we may able to loan you one.
Free: This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 (ten dollars) for non-members.
We recommend you support the work of WWALS by
becoming a WWALS member today!
This morning I was on
The Morning Drive with Steve Nichols on 105.9 FM WVGA, Valdosta, Georgia,
which Steve says reaches 100,000 people.
We talked about
all the things we said we would: Troupville cleanup, water trails, paddle race, film festival,
songwriting contest, outings, and more.
the video extracted from WVGA’s facebook live.
Suwannee Riverkeeper on Steve Nichols Drive-time Radio 2018-04-24
Video by Black Crow Media for WVGA 105.9 FM, Valdosta, GA
I don’t know why the video is mirror-flipped, but below are a few stills right-way around.
If you want to see the whole morning’s video, it’s
on the show’s website.
This interview runs about -23:40 to -1:20.
Hahira, GA, April 23, 2018 — Fifty children and adults helped WWALS clean up the site of old Troupville Saturday, with permission and thanks from the landowner where that former Lowndes County seat goes down to the Little River Confluence with the Withlacoochee River, just west of Valdosta.
Cleanup leader WWALS member Bobby McKenzie said:
We met at the signs for safety/execution briefing. I was able to
talk about the signs and water trail to 50 folks and when I asked
who knew about the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers and being able to
kayak them, only 2 folks were aware. Now 50 more folks are
aware…and half were kids…but some of the best kind of kids…Boy
and Girl Scouts!
Update 2018-04-23: More detail from cleanup leader Bobby McKenzie, a word from property owner Helen Tapp, about sponsors of the water trail, a press release, where WWALS was at three other events that same day, and how you can find upcoming WWALS outings and events.
You’ve already seen the videos of the two resolutions, for the
Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT)
Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).
Here are videos of three WWALS members thanking Valdosta Mayor and Council
for those, plus three festivals.
We call WWALS a coalition because many people
are involved, from many backgrounds, doing many different things
to conserve and advocate for our watersheds being swimmable, fishable,
and at least our well water drinkable.
By permission of the landowners, WWALS will be cleaning up the site of Troupville,
the previous county seat of Lowndes County, Georgia.
Its nineteenth-century residents picked up everything and moved it when Valdosta was founded,
so there’s not much to see but beautiful riverfront,
in Between the Rivers LLC, down to the confluence of the Little River
with the Withlacoochee River.
Unfortunately, there is trash, which we will clean up.
We hope to have some history experts explaining what used to be there.
This cleanup is in conjunction with
Keep Lowndes Valdosta Beautiful (KLVB)
The Great American Cleanup,
and is part of Waterkeeper® Alliance Cleanup Week.
8:30 AM – Noon, Saturday, April 21, 2018
Troupville Boat Ramp, 19664 Valdosta Hwy, Valdosta, GA 31602: on GA 133 off I-75 exit 18.
Park here to walk to the cleanup site.
No boat required, but if you want to bring a boat, you can put in here and paddle back.
Drexel Park, north of E. Brookwood Drive, between North Patterson Street and Williams Street
(across Patterson from VSU)
That’s on One Mile Branch, which flows into Sugar Creek, then the Withlacoochee River,
the Suwannee, to the Gulf.
First thing you see coming in the main entrance from Slater Street. Continue reading →