Tag Archives: Florida

Water Quality Testing Training, Suwannee River 2018-04-21

Awful early after a late night at Wanee, we went down to the Suwannee River at the music park and did water quality testing training.

Sara, Ryne, Steve, Scotti, Suwannee River Sara Jay, Ryne Nimmo, Steve Miller, Scotti Jay; photo by John S. Quarterman for WWALS, 2018-04-21.

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WWALS at Wanee with water quality testing 2018-04-18-21

Come join Suwannee Riverkeeper and 10,000 of our closest friends at Wanee near the Suwannee River in the spring. We’ll be holding water quality testing training Saturday morning, and there are all sorts of other opportunities for you to paddle with us and help advocate for the rivers and the aquifer. Plus a kayak raffle!

Kayak being raffled

When: April 18-April 21, 2018

Where: Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
3076 95th Dr, Live Oak, Florida 32060

Event: facebook, meetup

What: Wanee, the music festival that started them all, and still one of the biggest, this year featuring Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band, Widespread Panic, As the Crow Flies, Continue reading

Paddle Race, Film festival, Songwriting Contest, and Water Trails @ VCC 2018-04-05

The audience was amused at the thought of the Valdosta City Council racing at Reed Bingham, or of any of them writing songs. But it could happen! And any of them can come on down to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Valdosta.

You’ve already seen the videos of the two resolutions, for the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT) and the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT). Here are videos of three WWALS members thanking Valdosta Mayor and Council for those, plus three festivals. We call WWALS a coalition because many people are involved, from many backgrounds, doing many different things to conserve and advocate for our watersheds being swimmable, fishable, and at least our well water drinkable.

WWALS Watershed Coalition --jsq, Stills

There’s a playlist at the end.

Strom, Inc. LNG export from Sabal Trail, Crystal River, FL via German Glauben Besitz LLC to Latin America

On its website stromsolutions.com since 2014: “Strom, pronounced with a long O (Ström) is the German word for current…. Strom is a proud Florida based corporation that intends to be a strong corporate partner to the State of Florida.” So why German?

LNG World News, 19 May 2015, Strom files for non-FTA export authorization with DOE
Photo: LNG World News, 19 May 2015, Strom files for non-FTA export authorization with DOE.

Strom, Inc. CEO Michael Lokey

The CEO of Strom, Inc. listed on various filings with the Department of Energy (DoE) Office of Fossil Fuels (FE) is Michael Lokey, who his LinkedIn profile went to Clemson University and has been involved in various ventures in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida area Continue reading

WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting 2018-04-15

Event: facebook, meetup.

Meeting Notice
WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting
2-4PM, Sunday, 15 April 2018
Home of board member Eileen Box:
8576 66th Street Live Oak, FL 32060
Bring your own snacks to share.

BIG Little River Paddle Race, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, Alapaha Quest, festivals, water trails, water quality monitoring, pipelines, phosphate mines, and more.

All WWALS members, especially committee members, are invited to attend, as is the general public.

All WWALS Board Members are expected to attend in person or by telephone.
The more done on the board list, the less time we’ll have to spend on them in this meeting.

Board Members:

* Executive Committee

The agenda will follow closer to the date. If you’ve got something you want us to discuss or vote on, let us know. And come on down! The more the merrier.

Especially if you’re thinking of joining a committee or the board, come see what we do.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!

Sabal Trail blowdown with no notice 2018-04-03

Update 2018-04-05: Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson noted yesterday: “Correction it was a FGT blowdown. Easy to be confused as Sabal Trail is in the same corridor and working on their pipeline too. And remember that SONAT gas pipeline is also in this same corridor. That’ll really be something else if and when all 3 gas transmission pipelines are being worked on simultaneously. I think it is also very disconcerting that pipeline companies do not have to inform the NRC (National Response Center) or PHMSA (Pipeline Hazard and Materials Safety Agency) when they do work on these explosive infrastructure corridors.”

See Where pipelnes already cross rivers into Suwannee County, Florida.

Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson reported on facebook yesterday:

Sabal Trail has been doing a blowdown operation on the pipeline corridor and the Santa Fe River. That was what sounded like a jet airplane in the river community on Monday April 2, 2018.

Valve, Sabal Trail
Photo: Jim Tatum.

That sounds much like the FGT pipeline noise last month in Suwannee County near the Suwannee River.

Also similar: Sabal Trail’s FERC-required Informational Postings contain no Critical nor non-Critical notices about whatever it is they are doing now.

Where are the state and federal agencies that permitted Sabal Trail? Why have they not required notices to neighbors, local Fire Rescue, and the public?

This month, Graphs

Meawhile, Sabal Trail gas is up and down yet again. How can this pipeline be needed when it’s shut down half the time? Is its main function really to scare the neighbors?

This month, Graphs

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Submissions open for Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Live Oak, FL, April 2, 2018 — Submissions are now open for the First Annual Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest. Soon there will be more songs about the Suwannee River than the one everybody knows, and also about the Withlacoochee, the Alapaha, and more; don’t forget the Okefenokee Swamp. Stephen Foster never saw the Suwannee River, so songwriters don’t have to live here to submit, but they do have to be present to win.

Deadline: Submissions must be received by midnight Eastern time at the end of Sunday May, 13, 2018. The Songwriting Contest Committee will select seven finalists and announce them on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Enter: Here is the Entry Form.

Entry Form, 2018

The Contest: The finalists will perform in Cedar Key, Florida, Saturday, July 23, 2018, plus a silent auction, a kayak raffle, and of course food and drink.

Prizes: Judges will award Continue reading

FPL wants Martin-Riviera Pipeline folded into FSC

What is FPL hiding in all that confidential and redacted material in a 117-page petition for approval of folding FPL’s Martin-Riviera Pipeline into Sabal Trail’s downstream Florida Southeast Connection (FSC)? This has been planned at least two years. on the excuse of lower rates for customers. Yet FPL redacted what FSC would charge and future cost projections, so FPL’s customers and the rest of the public affected by these unnecessary pipelines have no way of knowing what they would cost, and emergency responders can’t see what’s on this pipeline.

Indiantown to Riviera Beach
Indiantown to Riviera Beach, in FERC 20180309-5230, Docket CP18-108.

Eagle-eye WWALS member Janet Barrow spotted this Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) Docket 20170231 (OPEN) — Petition for approval to transfer Martin- Riviera Lateral Pipeline to Florida Southeast Connection and implement associated rate adjustments, by Florida Power & Light Company.

FPSC let FPL redact most anything it wanted to, in Continue reading

Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, Cedar Key, FL 2018-06-23

Update April 2, 2018: Submissions are now open with entry form!

Come on down to Cedar Key in June for the First Annual Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest! Submissions open Monday April 2, 2018.

Deadline May 13, Contest June 23, 2018, Flyer Here is a printable PDF flyer.

Why: Everybody knows one song about the Suwannee River. There should be more, and what about the Withlacoochee, Alapaha, Alapahoochee, and all the others?

Song Submissions: Starting Monday April 2

Deadline: Sunday May 13, 2018

Finalists: will be announced
Saturday May 19, 2018.

The Contest: 1-5PM, Saturday, June 23, 2018

Where: Community Center, 809 6th Street, Cedar Key, Florida

Event: facebook, meetup

What: Food, beverages, silent auction. Finalists will play, sponsors will be acknowledged.

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Suwannee Riverkeeper about water quality monitoring on Earth Day at Friends of the Lower Suwannee Refuges

I went to their board meeting and they invited me back to present slides on Earth Day:

When: 9AM to noon, Earth Day, Friday, April 20, 2018

Where: Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge
16450 Northwest 31st Place, Chiefland 32626

Event: facebook, meetup

Who: Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges

Friends logo

PR from the Friends says: Continue reading