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.
See if you can do it without spilling into One Mile Branch, Valdosta.
Also, despite the date on the PR on the city’s website (see below),
WWALS got it via email a day later at 4:01 PM 11 July 2018,
the day before the work started this morning.
Sure, 300,000 is less than the
millions of gallons Valdosta spilled in January 2017.
And sure, Valdosta has spent tens of millions of dollars building
a whole new Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)
uphill out of the flood plain, and a force main, and mamy other improvements.
Sure, the situation is better than it used to be,
as I’ve been bragging about on the radio and in this blog recently.
But it was that same new WWTP that spilled yesterday.
Sure, what spilled was mostly rainwater.
But people in the seven Florida counties downstream (or in Lowndes and Brooks
Counties, Georgia downstream) are not Continue reading →
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.
If you like hearing about outings and advocacy
so you can participagte,
please contact the FCC today to oppose their vote
tomorrow that would greatly damage the open Internet
we all use to communicate and organize.
Please call or email the three Commissioners who favor this unfortunate Order:
Main #: 1-888-225-5322
Chairman Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Commmissioner Rielly: Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov
Commissioner Carr: Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov
You can also file comments, which are publicly visible,
and thus may help get others to call or write the FCC.
Thanks to new Valdosta Utilities Director Darryl Muse,
we think we have communication channels clarified between Valdosta and WWALS,
and we have a proposal for the state of Georgia to do what Florida and Alabama
are already doing to prevent communication issues in the future.
Valdosta had one spill at a lift station that lost power during Tropical Storm Irma,
said David Frost, Interim Utilities Director,
City of Valdosta, when I called him just now.
I asked him if there were any others, and he said there was just that one.
William “Ricky” Cornelius, Plant Superintendent,
Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP),
said when I called him this morning
there were no spills from WWTP nor from
Valdosta’s Mud Creek Treatment Plant (MCWTP).
“I don’t think Mud Creek even lost power.
We were on generator power here at the Withlacoochee plant,
and our people had to work extra hours,
but they were on top of it.
We were prepared and had no spills.”
I have left a message at Valdosta Utilities
about any manhole cover leaks. We shall see about those, and about other cities
and counties and private wastewater facilities up and down the Suwannee River Basin.