Valdosta’s biggest-ever sewage spill was “Behind the Target, next to the creek,” which we deduce was at 30.842906, -83.312762, as shown here on the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT). Also near the bottom right you can see the Remer Lane Pump Station that failed and caused this problem.
Update 2019-12-11: Where the spill was.
While I was congratulating Valdosta Utilities Director Darryl Muse Thursday evening on no spills for months, Valdosta’s biggest-ever raw sewage spill was apparently already happening, and even he didn’t know.
Yet again Valdosta failed to adequately inform the public, or, for that matter, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
How Bad Is It?
The 7,592,910 gallons of raw sewage spilled this time is more than the 6,273,595 gallons Valdosta spilled in two dozen incidents last December.
It’s 3.45 times Continue reading
Yet another sewage spill from Valdosta, with no email notification from Valdosta, nothing on the City of Valdosta website, nothing in spills reported to GA-EPD, and nothing on the Hamilton or Madison County, Florida Department of Health websites.
So how do we know? It’s being mailed around from the facebook pages of Madison County Emergency Management and Madison County Florida Board of County Commissioners.
December 9, 2019
HEALTH OFFICIALS IN HAMILTON,
MADISON COUNTY ADVISE OF POSSIBLE
WASTEWATER CONTAMINATION IN THE
Possible Impacts from Valdosta, GA Wastewater Overflow Continue reading
Sent via email and filed online today. See also PDF.
December 9, 2019
To: Hugh Thomas, Executive Director
Suwannee River Water Management District
9225 Co Rd 49, Live Oak, FL 32060
Cc: Lindsey Garland
Public Communications Coordinator
Re: Please deny and review Nestlé water withdrawal permits
Suwannee Riverkeeper for WWALS Watershed Coalition asks the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) to act for the public good by denying the Seven Springs Water Company permit renewal request at Ginnie Springs on the Santa Fe River, and by reviewing the Nestlé permit for Madison Blue Springs on the Withlacoochee River, among others.
Please Deny Seven Springs permit renewal, Ginnie Springs, Santa Fe RiverContinue reading
Outings Committee member Shelby Miller, who had not gotten a WWALS kayak raffle ticket, ran to draw the winner as WWALS Board members Dan Phillips and Bobby McKenzie cooked and watched.
WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman took tickets from envelopes from various festivals and other events and put them all in a box. Continue reading
Assisting the festivities at the White Springs Christmas Parade Friday, Suwannee Riverkeeper banners flew on both sides of a float, thanks to longtime WWALS member Randy Madison.
Randy asked for some banners, and WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman delivered them, meeting Randy halfway, along with former WWALS board member Eileen Box of Live Oak. Continue reading
This was the last scheduled act of outgoing Mayor John Gayle, for which we thank him and the Council.
WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman thanked them in Citizens to Be Heard.
Before the meeting, I handed in Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“We need less fertilizer leaching into our springs and rivers and more water quality monitoring, not more roads gouging through our watersheds,” said Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman at the No Roads to Ruin press conference Thursday at the Florida Capitol Rotunda.
He and WWALS Science Committee Chair Tom Potter then visited the offices of FDACS Commissioner Nikki Fried, some state Senators and Representatives, and FDEP Secretary Noah Valenstein, with letters to each of them to follow.
NO BUILD! RURAL TOLL ROADS MUST BE STOPPED
New “No Roads to Ruin” Coalition sends clear message
Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman beside banner; Mike Roth of OSFR speaking
Photo: Tom Potter, WWALS
Tallahassee — A new coalition of fifty-five (55) organizations and businesses, the No Roads to Ruin Coalition (NRTR) announced today a statewide campaign devoted to stopping Senate President Bill Galvano’s unneeded and costly plan for 300 plus miles of new toll roads.
Within sight of Governor Ron DeSantis’ office, Continue reading
She got a quote from the Mayor:
“We have the park out there where there’s a landing and parking areas and things like that, so it could be a tourist attraction, and people stopping in here to buy supplies and getting ready for their river trips,” said Valdosta Mayor John Gayle. “It could be a plus for us.”
He’s not in the WCTV video, but you may recognize the logo on this cap:
The Troupville River Camp project goes beyond what’s out there now; see this TV report: Continue reading
Another in a line of solar projects near the Withlacoochee River is being heard right now by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Zoning Board of Appeals.
You can see the Beltline Energy Solar Project towards the bottom of this map, north of US 84 (labeled US 221), and just east of Spring Branch, which runs northwards by the Kinderlou Subdivision to the Withlacoochee River.
North of this proposed solar project are solar panels Continue reading