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.
Once the county finishes this project, they will hand over to the
Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority (VLPRA),
which has said it will probably build a kiosk there.
Lowndes County Public Works will make and plant road signs on US 84
at the Naylor Boat Ramp.
Then it will be good to go on the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).
You can still help to pay for the rest of the ARWT road signs.
This morning I was on
The Morning Drive with Steve Nichols on 105.9 FM WVGA, Valdosta, Georgia,
which Steve says reaches 100,000 people.
We talked about
all the things we said we would: Troupville cleanup, water trails, paddle race, film festival,
songwriting contest, outings, and more.
the video extracted from WVGA’s facebook live.
Suwannee Riverkeeper on Steve Nichols Drive-time Radio 2018-04-24
Video by Black Crow Media for WVGA 105.9 FM, Valdosta, GA
I don’t know why the video is mirror-flipped, but below are a few stills right-way around.
If you want to see the whole morning’s video, it’s
on the show’s website.
This interview runs about -23:40 to -1:20.
Update 2018-03-15: People want to know how much the signs cost:
$150 one road sign
$300 pair of road signs for a landing or boat ramp
$600 one kiosk at the water
Any amount of donation helps put up the road signs that let people know the Alapaha River Water Trail exists and directs them to the landings,
as well as the kiosks that inform people about what to expect nearby,
so we get more people paddling the Alapaha River who will take care of the river.
Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT)
is a reality. We are ordering the road signs from
the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and need to pay for them.
We have a small amount of money from one donor but need
to raise nearly $3,000 for the remaining road signs.
You can help!
We can’t put your name on a road sign, but if you donate, your name or your organization’s name and logo can go on a kiosk near the water
and in the paper brochures and the online ARWT web pages.
Common question: isn’t Hotchkiss closed?
Answer: the old
in Lowndes County is closed, private, and
don’t go there!
Hotchkiss Road Landing
in Lanier County is open as always, do go there to get to the Alapaha River.
And there’s a new park at US 84, with a Naylor Boat Ramp being built
by Lowndes County, as urged by WWALS.
Previously there was some discussion of using a different name for
Hotchkiss Road Landing in the Alapaha River Water Trail,
but then nobody would know what we were referring to, since that’s what it’s
always been called, down at the end of Hotchkiss Road off of US 84.
All bids for the Naylor Boat Ramp were overbudget even though it went out for bids twice, so now Lowndes County
is working with GA-DNR on doing most of the work in-house with county personnel,
said Project Manager Chad McLeod at Monday morning’s Lowndes County Commission Work Session.
They have to finish it eventually, because it was in the SPLOST VII ballot referendum approved by the voters of Lowndes County.
As Commissioner Marshall said, “it’s been a long time coming”,
but Tuesday the Lowndes County Commission approved $24,000 to buy
4.35 acres from Acree Investments for a boat ramp on the Alapaha River
just north of US 84.
Details are on the LAKE blog.
Commissioners told Gretchen as she was thanking each of them afterwards
that they used the
WWALS Alapaha River Water Trail map to determine
there was no other boat ramp on the Alapaha River in Lowndes County,
the closest being east of Lakeland and west of Statenville.
Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter says the Naylor Boat Ramp is
on schedule for completion this fall, provided the Georgia Department
of Natural Resources returns the appropriate permits.
At last night’s Lowndes County Commission Regular Sesssion,
WWALS president John S. Quarterman displayed the Alapaha River Water Trail brochures,
pointing out the Naylor Boat Ramp on the map.
He, ok, I, asked what was the status of that project that Lowndes County is building
with SPLOST funds.