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Student logo contest winners, art show and silent auction, plus paddling, history, archaeology, and hydrology of the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers, WWALS Workshop at VSU 2016-02-27
With two dozen access points to these wild and scenic rivers that converge just outside Valdosta, an online map, and multiple outings coming up, the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail is coming along nicely, and its Committee is proud to announce a Workshop at VSU, 1:30 PM Saturday February 27th, 2016 at the University Center Theater at Valdosta State University.
What: Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail Workshop
Where: UC Theater,
Valdosta State University
1215 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31698
“Parts of these rivers are really wild!” said WLRWT Committee Chair Chris Mericle, who just spent four days paddling from below Reed Bingham State Park on the Little River down the Withlacoochee River all the way to his house near the Suwannee River.
“We’ll have an Art Exhibition and Silent Auction of original art of local rivers, including drawings and oil paintings by Julie Bowland, photographs by Dominick Gheesling and photographs by Bryan Garris. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on the art, and maybe other items, with a percentage of the sales supporting your favorite 501(c)(3) nonprofit, WWALS,” said VSU Art Professor Julie Bowland.
“And we’ll present prizes to the student logo contest winners!” added Bowland.
“Plus you can volunteer to help with water quality monitoring, trash cleanup, mapping, public relations, or paddling with us on our blackwater rivers,” said John S. Quarterman, WWALS president.
Meet and Greet 15 min
Welcome — MC Gretchen Quarterman, WWALS Treasurer and Membership Committee Chair. 5min
Introduction to WWALS — Dave Hetzel, WWALS Ambassador. 10 min
About the art show and the logo contest —Julie Bowland, VSU Art Professor. 5 min
About the Water Trail — Chris Mericle, WLRWT Committee Chair. 15 min
The remains of past people and cultures still visible along the river —Tom Baird. (20 min talk, 5-10 min Q&A)
Break 15 min
The geology underlying all our rivers — Dennis Price, professional geologist (20 min talk, 5-10 min Q&A)
Southeast Watershed research activities —David Bosch, senior hydrologist (20 min talk, 5-10 min Q&A)
Logo prize presentation — Julie Bowland, assisted by Deanna Mericle. 15 min
Silent auction winners —Julie Bowland, assisted by Bret Wagenhorst 15 min
Wrapup —MC Gretchen Quarterman. 5 min
About the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail
You can apply to join the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail Committee, which aims to develop a water trail which will promote stewardship, eco-tourism, and recreational use of the rivers through education, citizen advocacy, and environmental monitoring.
WWALS Watershed Coalition is the Waterkeeper® Alliance Affiliate for the Upper Suwannee River. WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Upper Suwannee River watershed in south Georgia and north Florida through awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities. WWALS is a member of Georgia River Network, Georgia Water Coalition, Florida Springs Council, Floridians Against Fracking, and national River Network.
John S. Quarterman, President
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.
PO Box 88, Hahira, GA 31632
You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!