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.
The HPS II proponents don’t want to pay for consultant work on future effects of their phosphate mine.
Why should the county (the taxpayers) be stuck with all or part of $53,265.00 to consultants about
a for-profit mine that would adversely affect the waters on which the whole county
depends, not to mention downstream on the New, Santa Fe, and Suwannee Rivers
and perhaps beyond in the Floridan Aquifer?
Mine proponents also complained that one subconsultant had “articulated a position of opposition to the HPS application”. If the consultants were uniformly in favor of the mine, what
would be the point of hiring them at all?
A map as clear as mining mud. Legend:
Union Project Boundary (5,421.91 Acres);
Bradford Project Boundary (5,262.92 Acres)
How much would it cost
to fund the Okapilco Creek gage so it won’t go offline July 31st?
$13,600/year, more or less, mostly for field and office labor
and administration, with only 10% for the field equipment.
Since this gage is located in Brooks County, Georgia,
the most likely funding body (after USGS itself)
would be the Brooks County Commission.
Yes, it’s in WWALS watersheds; no, WWALS doesn’t plan to take on
funding streamgages. If some funding organization appeared
that wanted to pass the funds through WWALS, which is a 501(c)(3)
educational institution, that would be possible.
But this seems more like a government issue.