A new festival to WWALS, and one of the smaller ones, but very friendly. The Mayor of White Springs came by to welcome us and then to invite us back, as did one of the city council members, at Wild Azalea Festival. Oh, and the musicians were astonishingly good. We invited them all to the Second Annual Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, August 24 in Valdosta; submissions open April 1, 2019.Continue reading
This festival is new to WWALS, with music and dance, arts and crafts, foods and contests in historic White Springs, Florida. You can volunteer to help WWALS talk about our outings and advocacy, including, yes, Valdosta wastewater, plus the Second Annual Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest coming up in August. We’ll have the froggy toss game, the EnviroScape, and a kayak raffle.
When: 10AM-4PM, Saturday, March 16, 2019
Where: Downtown Streets, White Springs, FL 32096
What: “Come out for music and dance by Florida entertainers, arts and crafts, regional foods, contests and other outdoor activities. Visitors can also purchase azaleas and other local plants to take home.”
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Approximately 3-mile loop hike through a riverine slope forest, led by Hamilton County Practicing Geologist Dennis J. Price. It is a mature hardwood forest with open understory. Small creeks, spring seeps and seepage slopes are common, near the Suwannee River, northeast of White Springs. Hiking on and off trail. We end up back where we started.
This is the rescheduling of the former Hike to Dead River, because the Alapaha River is too high there.
When: 12:00 PM, Saturday, January 19, 2019
Little Shoals Entrance:
In white springs on US 41, turn onto CR 135 at flashing light across street from S&S food store.
About a mile or two north of White Springs on County Road 135 is the entrance to Little Shoals in the Big Shoals State Park.
It is a wide open entrance and you can see the parking area once you turn into entrance.
(Do not go to the main entrance to Big Shoals, which is 4 miles north of the Little Shoals entrance.)
Take Out: Little Shoals Entrance
Bring: drinking water, snacks, hiking shoes, warm clothes, and first aid kit. No boat required: this is a hike, on foot. Also trash pickers and trash bags: every WWALS outing is also a cleanup.
Free: This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 (ten dollars) for non-members. $4 park entrance fee per car. We recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today!Continue reading
East on I-10 just before I-75 southbound crosses: a 74.5 MW FPL solar farm in Columbia County, Florida, well along in construction. I don’t think any newspaper ever called the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline a windfall:
FPL PR 31 July 2018, Construction begins on FPL’s four newest solar power plants, Continue reading
Pollution spill maps online, up to date, with interactive links to details: Florida is doing it, and so can Georgia.
For more than a year FDEP has been posting spill reports online in a spreadsheet the same day it gets them, with email notice signup (Alabama also does that). FDEP has added a Public Notice of Pollution (PNP) Finder: Last 30 Days, which helps a lot in finding spills in our watersheds.
Thanks to Jim Tatum of OSFR for spotting this op-ed in the Lake City Reporter yesterday by WWALS member and Practicing Geologist Dennis J. Price of Hamilton County, Florida about Nutrien (PCS) mining phosphate and water in Hamilton County and likely planning to expand to Columbia County.
Photo by John S. Quarterman of Dennis J. Price at the Dead River of the Alapaha River, 2018-01-27.
To the Editor:
Much has been written in the last year about Sam Oosterhoudt’s mitigation bank. I was involved in permitting the bank through the Army Corps (ACOE) and The Florida Department of Environmental Regulation. It took about 5 years to get all the permits. Now, 9 years after work began on the project, the phosphate company (then PCS now Nutrien) petitioned the state to shut down the mitigation bank.
I do not know for sure, but, Nutrien may tell you that during the recent sale of PCS and the review of mineral interests owned, they discovered that the mitigation bank had snuck in there and set up shop over their minerals. This probably has some truth to it but I think there is a much more involved reason.
In Hamilton County, Nurtrien/PCS is planning to run out of phosphate to mine in about 10 years, give or take a few years either way. I do not believe they are planning on shutting the doors and leaving. Occidental Chemical Company started mining in Hamilton County Continue reading
Mike Roth, president of Our Santa Fe River, requests:
On Monday, June 18, at the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners meeting in Trenton which starts at 4PM, we will get the opportunity to appeal to the Board to issue a “letter of concern” regarding the phosphate mine applied for in Bradford and Union Counties. As you certainly know, OSFR has stood in opposition to this mine on the grounds that it is a substantial threat to the health of the Santa Fe River and to all those who live by the river and all those who use the river recreationally. Further, it threatens the aquifer that is recharged by the river and as such, anyone and anything that uses groundwater.
When: 4PM (hearing 4:45 PM), Monday, June 18, 2018
Where: Board of County Commissioners Meeting Facility,
210 South Main Street, Trenton, Florida
What: Letter of concern about HPS II Phosphate Mine in Bradford and Union Counties, Florida
Gilchrist County Commissioners from left to right: Sharon A. Langford, Kenrick Thomas, Todd Gray, D Ray Harrison, Jr., and Marion Poitevint
Gilchrist County is downstream Continue reading
Rain stayed away, on a fine day, Florida Folk, Saturday. Teri and Eileen were there Friday, I was there Saturday, and Gretchen is there this Sunday morning, at the Florida Folk Festival, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, 11016 Lillian Sanders Dr, White Springs, FL 32096.
Children played the froggy toss, bigger children liked the Enviroscape (thanks Nature Coast Biological Station!), and adults talked about everything from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to outings (next: Suwannee River, weekend after next), to Continue reading
Teri and Eileen welcome you to the Suwannee Riverkeeper booth at the Fla. Folk Festival. Come by this weekend for chance to win a kayak or support the Suwannee River!
Photo: Eileen Sims Box for WWALS
Come on down and hear about the Wild & Scenic Film Festival coming up this Thursday, May 31, at Mathis Auditorium in Valdosta.
Send in your song for the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, deadline Friday June 1, or get a ticket to listen to the contest, Saturday, June 23, at The Salty Snapper, Valdosta, GA.
We will also have the froggy toss game (can’t believe Gretchen forgot that yesterday), kayak raffle tickets, information about WWALS outings, and of course advocacy.
I’ll also be at the Florida Folk Festival today, Saturday, May 26, 2018, and Gretchen will be there tomorrow.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!
Join us this weekend in Live Oak at the Florida Folk Festival.
Fri, May 25, 10am — 5pm
Sat, May 26, 10am — 5pm
Sun, May 27, 9am — 5pm
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park,
11016 Lillian Sanders Dr, White Springs, FL 32096
Come see us about writing a song for the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest; you’ve got until Friday June 1st.
And everyone is invited to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, 7PM, Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Mathis Auditorium, Valdosta, GA.
Folk Fest Details: Continue reading