Valdosta’s biggest-ever sewage spill was “Behind the Target, next to the creek,” which we deduce was at 30.842906, -83.312762, as shown here on the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT). Also near the bottom right you can see the Remer Lane Pump Station that failed and caused this problem.
Update 2019-12-11: Where the spill was.
While I was congratulating Valdosta Utilities Director Darryl Muse Thursday evening on no spills for months, Valdosta’s biggest-ever raw sewage spill was apparently already happening, and even he didn’t know.
Yet again Valdosta failed to adequately inform the public, or, for that matter, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
How Bad Is It?
The 7,592,910 gallons of raw sewage spilled this time is more than the 6,273,595 gallons Valdosta spilled in two dozen incidents last December.
It’s 3.45 times Continue reading
Yet another sewage spill from Valdosta, with no email notification from Valdosta, nothing on the City of Valdosta website, nothing in spills reported to GA-EPD, and nothing on the Hamilton or Madison County, Florida Department of Health websites.
So how do we know? It’s being mailed around from the facebook pages of Madison County Emergency Management and Madison County Florida Board of County Commissioners.
December 9, 2019
HEALTH OFFICIALS IN HAMILTON,
MADISON COUNTY ADVISE OF POSSIBLE
WASTEWATER CONTAMINATION IN THE
Possible Impacts from Valdosta, GA Wastewater Overflow Continue reading
Sent via email and filed online today. See also PDF.
December 9, 2019
To: Hugh Thomas, Executive Director
Suwannee River Water Management District
9225 Co Rd 49, Live Oak, FL 32060
Cc: Lindsey Garland
Public Communications Coordinator
Re: Please deny and review Nestlé water withdrawal permits
Suwannee Riverkeeper for WWALS Watershed Coalition asks the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) to act for the public good by denying the Seven Springs Water Company permit renewal request at Ginnie Springs on the Santa Fe River, and by reviewing the Nestlé permit for Madison Blue Springs on the Withlacoochee River, among others.
Please Deny Seven Springs permit renewal, Ginnie Springs, Santa Fe RiverContinue reading
This was the last scheduled act of outgoing Mayor John Gayle, for which we thank him and the Council.
WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman thanked them in Citizens to Be Heard.
Before the meeting, I handed in Continue reading
She got a quote from the Mayor:
“We have the park out there where there’s a landing and parking areas and things like that, so it could be a tourist attraction, and people stopping in here to buy supplies and getting ready for their river trips,” said Valdosta Mayor John Gayle. “It could be a plus for us.”
He’s not in the WCTV video, but you may recognize the logo on this cap:
The Troupville River Camp project goes beyond what’s out there now; see this TV report: Continue reading
Another in a line of solar projects near the Withlacoochee River is being heard right now by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Zoning Board of Appeals.
You can see the Beltline Energy Solar Project towards the bottom of this map, north of US 84 (labeled US 221), and just east of Spring Branch, which runs northwards by the Kinderlou Subdivision to the Withlacoochee River.
North of this proposed solar project are solar panels Continue reading
On the Valdosta City Council agenda for 5:30 PM this Thursday is:
7.b. Consideration of a request from the WWALS Watershed Coalition for a Letter of Support for the Troupville River Camp.
Troupville River Camp at the center of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT), leading from the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers upstream in Georgia, down the Withlacoochee River to Florida and the Suwannee River, with its own River Camps.
If I understand correctly, the Mayor plans to discuss this item with Council, and then write and send a letter of support. Anyone who wants to attend to support this action by Valdosta, please come. I may stand up afterwards in Citizens to Be Heard to thank them.
At 5:30 PM, Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the Lowndes County Commission Regular Session, I will Continue reading
You can help oppose Nestlé’s water withdrawals from the Floridan Aquifer, at the next Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) board meeting in Live Oak.
You can sign one of many petitions, such as one by SumOfUs.
Even better, you can come object to that extension. I ask people to come to every SRWMD board meeting, and maybe you can make this one.
Best, you can file a comment with SRWMD.
9:00 AM, Tuesday, December
20 10, 2019
Where: SRWMD Headquarters, 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak, FL 32060-7056
What: SRWMD Board meeting
You can also ask SRWMD to review Nestlé’s withdrawal permit at Madison Blue Spring on the Withlacoochee River.
These are Nestlé’s landholdings next to Madison Blue Spring, according to the Madison County Property Appraiser:
Thanks to Bret Wagenhorst, here are pictures of the last four boats to finish in WWALS Boomerang 2019. Come on down to Boomerang2020, and before that we have a cleanup on the Withlacoochee, a Light Parade at Banks Lake, and of course the Eighth Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race, among many other outings and events.
Conn and Trudy Cole of Barwick, Brooks County, Georgia, were in the first and only Canoe.
Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman of unincorporated Lowndes County, GA, says he wasn’t trying to win anything, which is good, because Continue reading