WWALS Watershed Coalition 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.
Funding is shifting from Valdosta to Lowndes County for the Skipper Bridge Road Withlacoochee River gauge,
adding to the county’s traditional since 2009 funding of the Folsom Bridge GA 122 Little River gauge.
That’s $8,300 and $14,200, respectively, with another $5,900 for the Skipper Bridge Gauge from the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD).
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) puts in $900 towards each gauge, or $1800 total.
SRWMD and USGS previously assisted Valdosta in funding the Skipper Bridge Road gauge.
Valdosta had one spill at a lift station that lost power during Tropical Storm Irma,
said David Frost, Interim Utilities Director,
City of Valdosta, when I called him just now.
I asked him if there were any others, and he said there was just that one.
Valdosta already had an airplane fly over Lowndes County and collect
Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data for flood mapping.
Will Lowndes County step up and match Valdosta on this project
that affects everybody in the county (and downstream into Florida)?
started this LiDAR project in March 2015, and
Valdosta fronted the entire cost to get it done,
we know because Valdosta Assistant Director of Utilities Emily Davenport
and Valdosta City Council Tim Carroll told us at a meeting Valdosta held
at the request of WWALS for interested parties downstream in Florida
and from as far away as Atlanta.
On the agenda for the 8:30 AM Monday morning Lowndes County Commission
Work Session, item 7.d. Continue reading →
A few potholes never stopped us from paddling!
Come on down to Staten Road Bridge 9AM tomorrow, Sunday 20 March 2016;
this link for details.
Yes, Langdale Park will be closed, but VLPRA has made arrangements for us to get in.
(facebook event, meetup)
This Sunday, 9AM March 20th 2016, come paddle from Staten Road Bridge
past Shadrick Sink and under the North Valdosta Road Bridge to Langdale Park!
Follow this link for details.
Although Langdale Park will be closed, Parks and Rec. will let us in for this event.
(facebook event, meetup) Continue reading →