Amanda M. Usher, Valdosta Daily Times, 27 June 2020,
Watching over the Waters: WWALS sponsors paddles, songwriting contest,
Photo: Gretchen Quarterman, Paddle Georgia from Spook Bridge, between Quitman and Valdosta, GA, Withlacoochee River, June 15, 2019.
VALDOSTA — John Quarterman has been around the Suwannee River
Basin since his childhood.
Living on land his [grand-]father purchased near rivers and swamps in 1921,
he has always felt attracted to rivers and works to keep them clean.
Quarterman is the Suwannee [R]iverkeeper with WWALS Watershed
Coalition. WWALS is an acronym for Withlacoochee, Willacoochee,
Alapaha, Little[, Santa Fe,] and Suwannee.
The coalition was established in June 2012 to eliminate issues with
rivers and creeks such as sewage spills, he said. Quarterman became
the Suwannee [R]iverkeeper in 201.
WWALS Watershed Coalition serves a significant purpose of water
quality testing, he said. The City of Valdosta tests waters three
times a week from U.S. 41 North to the southern state line, he said.
Through the years, the group has hosted cleanups at the Troupville
boat ramp and holds two or three paddles monthly.
Photo: Gretchen Quarterman, Rivers Alive Cleanup, Pafford’s Landing near Lakeland, GA, Alapaha River, October 12, 2019.
“We’re not just a paddling organization,” Quarterman
said. “… We do paddles, but we’re also an advocacy
organization. We want to do conservation of stewardship.”
Quarterman is about awareness. He strives to bring attention to the
rivers’ existence and informing people they can make use of the
recreational rivers by boating or fishing.
“Getting people out there on the rivers to see what it is they
are trying to conserve and protect is really important because until
you see it for yourself, you’re not really appreciating the beauty
of these rivers,” he said.
The rest of the article is about the
upcoming paddle outings at Banks Lake at 7:30 PM Sunday, July 5, and at Dowling Park River Camp; for that one please be at Dowling Park Boat Ramp a 11:30 AM, Saturday, July 18, with camping gear.
The article concludes with the
Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, 7-9 PM, Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Turner Center Art Park, 605 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta, GA.
Come on down!
Thanks Amanda M. Usher, for Continue reading