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.
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Somebody asked recently whether it is possible to paddle a week on the
Withlacoochee River in Georgia in June.
Sure, as long as you start not too far upstream
Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT),
you can paddle past shoals and little-known Georgia springs
into the Florida springs heartland, and then continue a day or two on the
Suwannee River Wilderness Trail (SRWT).
WWALS has paddled many of the most interesting stretches multiple times,
often in June.
“Finalists will play, and will be judged. The prizes will be awarded, and of course the acknowledgment of the sponsors.”
Plus a buffet of snacks prepared by the Salty Snapper,
including some vegetarian,
all for $10 in advance online,
and there will be a silent auction and kayak raffle tickets.
Gretchen Quarterman was on the radio with Steve Nichols, WVGA 105.9FM
(I was scheduled, but the flu said otherwise; I’m better now).
Gretchen said you don’t need to write a song, just come listen
to the finals this Saturday afternoon, with
Cindy Bear from Jacksonville,
Dan Crews from Live Oak, and
J.J. Rolle from Valdosta
Plus the Outings Committee has organized a paddle 9AM Saturday morning
from Langdale Park to Sugar Creek Landing,
just across the railroad tracks from the Salty Snapper,
so you can paddle to the songwriting contest.
Steve Nichols remarked:
“As a kid, I used to go down that stretch of the river with my friends.
When I say as a kid, I was in high school in the early eighties.
It would be fun for me to do that trip as a nostalgic trip,
and going back and look at that beautiful stretch of river right there.”
Gretchen said the water is high so probably there will be no dragging,
and the river is different every time.
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!
Tomorrow morning, 8:30AM, Tuesday, June 19, 2018,
I’ll be on the radio with Steve Nichols, 105.9FM,
talking about the
Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest
coming up 1-5PM, this Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Salty Snapper, 1405 Gornto Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602.
When Gretchen was on his show last month,
he said he wanted to hear more, so tomorrow morning it is.
The rainiest season in south Georgia and north Florida is the summer,
yet that’s when rivers are usually the lowest.
Here are seven years of data from the USGS Withlacoochee River Gauge at US 41 (North Valdosta Road) in Valdosta, Georgia.
Rain is pretty steady through the year (except when there’s no rain),
yet the river level varies wildly, highest in the winter, usually.
Unless there are hurricanes in the fall, as happened in
Celebrating fifty years of Wild and Scenic River designations by
Congress, this film festival showcases frontline issues and activism
with stunning cinematography. Now, more than ever, it is imperative
that individuals propel the groundswell of the environmental
movement. Collectively, we CAN make a difference!
aren’t any Wild & Scenic rivers in the Suwannee River Basin,
although maybe after seeing this film festival, people will be motivated to fix that.