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Madison Co., FL Withlacoochee River Bacterial Advisory 2020-02-11

Update 2020-02-15: EPA passes the buck to GA-EPD for Valdosta raw sewage spill 2020-01-31.

This unusually-worded Florida bacterial advisory for the Withlacoochee River probably has nothing to do with yesterday’s Valdosta 200 gallon sewage spill into two-mile branch:

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The unusual wording is that the advisory gives no hint of the source of the contamination:

Jasper, FL — The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton and Madison counties today issued a joint health advisory to residents and visitors near the Withlacoochee River in North Florida.

Until further information is known regarding possible bacterial contamination of the river, people in the area are urged to take precautions when in contact with the Withlacoochee River. The Florida Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection are conducting water sampling.

We got the advisory at 4:42 PM today. At 5:10 PM Nathan Dean, reporter for WCTV, called to ask why the advisory. The best I could do was to say that tiny amount of Valdosta sewage could not possibly have made its way to Florida by today, and probably never would, because it was so small it would get diluted long before that.

At 7:48 PM I got forwarded through two intermediaries an explanation from SRWMD’s Darlene Velez that she orginally sent at 5:20 PM. She said Madison County Health Department had decided to do weekly sampling. I quote in part: Continue reading

Lifted: Florida Withlacoochee and Suwannee Wastewater Warning; WWALS signs stay up for now 2020-01-24

Received 4:19 PM yesterday, Florida has lifted its river warning advisory. But everyone should keep testing rivers, creeks, and wells, not just after this December 2019 record-largest Valdosta raw sewage spill, but ongoing, at least weekly, to eventually lift the stigma so we can all promote eco-tourism. You can help.

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But WWALS will leave our warning signs up at Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line (GA 31, Madison Highway, Mozell Spells, CR 145) Boat Ramps in Georgia for now.

This is because that 397 cfu/100 mL E. coli at Continue reading

Winners: WWALS Boomerang 2019-10-26

Update 2019-11-13: Pictures of the Final Finishers.

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Hahira, Georgia, October 30, 2019 — Twice the paddlers this year participated in the Second Annual WWALS Boomerang Paddle Race into Florida and back to Georgia. That’s two dozen paddlers and about fifty people last Saturday at State Line Boat Ramp on the Withlacoochee River.

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Winner: Russell McBride

“Paddlers from 3 to 69 years old included five parent-child tandems, and three solo children. All were led by overall winner and first male paddler Russell McBride, of Quitman, Brooks County, Georgia, in a solo kayak, and first female paddler Jennifer James of Waldo, Alachua County, Florida, on a stand up paddle board,” reported Boomerang mastermind Bobby McKenzie.

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Pictures: WWALS Boomerang 2019-10-26

Update 219-10-30: The winners.

We’ll announce the winners soon. Meanwhile, here are some pictures of the Second Annual WWALS Boomerang.

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Special thanks to Hamilton County, Florida, Commissioner Beth Burnam for welcoming all the paddlers to Florida. Continue reading

Video: WWALS Boomerang on 94.3 FM Fox Radio Valdosta 8AM 2019-10-25

WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman took video of herself and Spencer van Horn on 94.3 FM Fox Sports Radio Valdosta, this morning, talking about the Second Annual WWALS Boomerang paddle race, from Georgia to Florida and back again, coming up 11AM tomorrow (Saturday morning) at State Line Boat Ramp on the Withlacoochee River.

How to get tickets, and everything else about the WWALS Boomerang paddle race, from Georgia to Florida and back again, 11AM, tomorrow, Saturday, Octobber 26, 2019, at State Line Ramp on Madison Highway south of Valdosta:
wwals.net/pictures/2019-10-26–boomerang/
WWALS Boomerang facebook event, WWALS Boomerang meetup

Please come early so we can get on the water as soon after 11AM as possible, due to possible showers as the day wears on. Continue reading

WWALS Boomerang on 94.3 FM Fox Radio Valdosta 8AM 2019-10-25

“Actually, I’ll be on 94.3 FM Fox Sports Radio Valdosta, with host Spencer van Horn, at 8AM this morning, Friday, October 25, 2019,” said WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman, “about the Second Annual WWALS Boomerang paddle race, from Georgia to Florida and back again.” Boomerang on radio show facebook event

Apparently you can listen online via http://foxsportsvaldosta.com/.

How to get tickets, and everything else about the WWALS Boomerang paddle race, from Georgia to Florida and back again, 11AM, tomorrow, Saturday, Octobber 26, 2019, at State Line Ramp on Madison Highway south of Valdosta:
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WWALS Boomerang facebook event, WWALS Boomerang meetup

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All the WWALS Boomerang sponsors on a banner

All these sponsors like the WWALS Boomerang, and we hope you will, too:

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All the sponsors on a banner

Come on down, 11AM, this Saturday, November 26, 2019, to the Withlacoochee River
at State Line Ramp (Mozell Spells, GA 31 Ramp), 6461 Madison Hwy, Valdosta, GA 31601.

Some people will be racing hard, others will just paddle.

Free boat rental from two outfitters, a free Georgia Beer coupon for boat registered, and winners get a nice big tumbler with the race logo.

All about the WWALS Boomerang paddle race, including how you can still get tickets online (or at the event):
wwals.net/pictures/2019-10-26–boomerang

And Gretchen will be talking about it on 92.1 FM Talk Radio, Continue reading

WWALS Boomerang paddle race, sponsors, silent auction, on Talk 92.1 FM Radio

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More sponsors, silent auction, and radio for WWALS Boomerang paddle race from Georgia into Florida and back again this weekend

Valdosta, GA, October 22, 2019 — You don’t even have to paddle to enjoy the WWALS Boomerang, 11 AM this Saturday, October 26, 2019, at State Line Boat Ramp on the Withlacoochee River, on Madison Highway south of Valdosta. You can bid in the silent auction on a nice fishing pole from Fishing Tackle Outlet, or some training from SBMS Crossfit, among many other items, plus get tickets for a kayak raffle. NWXpeditions and VSU CORE will have free boat rental.

Boomerang mastermind Bobby McKenzie said, “Paddlers who race will get a voucher for a free beer per boat at Georgia Beer Company, and winners will get a big tumbler with the Boomerang logo.”

There will be competition. Last year’s winner, Dr. Tom Potter, said, “I’m back! This time in a tandem.“

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River Radio; Photo: Jay Blanton, Georgia Photography Fanatic.

WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman said, “I’ll be broadcasting on Talk 92.1 FM radio, 7:30 AM this Friday, October 25, about the Second Annual WWALS Boomerang paddle race, from Georgia to Florida and back again.” Boomerang on radio show facebook event

How to get tickets, and everything else about the WWALS Boomerang paddle race, from Georgia to Florida and back again:
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Still $20 until midnight tonight: WWALS Boomerang 2019-10-15

Today, October 15, 2019, is the last day for $20 early bird tickets for the WWALS Boomerang Paddle Race from Georgia into Florida and back again. After midnight, the price goes up to $30.

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Photo: Jay Blanton of Georgia Photography Fanatic. Everybody still at WWALS Boomerang after the awards, 2018-11-03.

Everything about WWALS Boomerang 2019 is here:
http://wwals.net/pictures/2019-10-26–boomerang/

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Winner Tumbler for WWALS Boomerang and last call for early bird tickets 2019-10-26

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, is the last day for $20 early bird tickets for the WWALS Boomerang Paddle Race from Georgia into Florida and back again.

If you are one of the many lucky winners, you will get one of these tumblers with the Boomerang logo on it:

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Boomerang logo on tumbler

Thanks to Fishing Tackle Outlet on Madison Highway for becoming a sponsor. You or your organization can also sponsor the WWALS Boomerang. Sponsors get their name and logo on a banner, in announcements, and in flyers, with various other perks at different levels of sponsorship.

Everything about WWALS Boomerang 2019 is here:
http://wwals.net/pictures/2019-10-26–boomerang/

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