It is clear a full watershed wide study must be completed before any
decisions can be made.
As established in this first study—The
City of Valdosta is the recipient-not the origin- of the flood
waters. While it confirms what we already knew, my job is to try and
keep the ball rolling forward. Engage congressional leaders, secure
funding and find long term, sustainable solutions that benefit all
communities within the watershed basin. A levee by itself is not the
The City of Lake Park does not appear to have posted an agenda,
or at least where I expected to find it
there are no details.
Below are links to the videos in the order items appeared at the Lake Park City Council Regular Session of May 6th 2014, with a few notes.
Even though according to the
Lowndes County Tax Assessors’ maps,
3041 Touchton Road doesn’t actually touch Touchton Road,
or any other road, it does have a 25 foot easement
through adjoining property.
The owner wants to record a survey for the property,
and perhaps to sell it.
The question was whether that existing easement could be used
instead of the usual 60 foot easement.
This was one of the briefest ZBOA meetings (14 minutes, of which two and a half
were introductory material, since there was only
one case, and it was quick to decide.
And ZBOA does actually decide, unlike the Planning Commission,
which only recommends.
Here’s the Call to Order.
for details of the Army Corps of Engineers flooding study.
The Work Session continued after that, but Gretchena and I both
had to go to other events, so there’s no video of the rest.
Later that same evening in response to citizen questions
at the Valdosta City Hall Annex, the Corps clarified more that
they did understand there were issues of impervious surfaces
and development and loss of wetlands and they wanted to
do a much larger study of the entire watershed,
which could take several years to accomplish.
They kept emphasizing that the Suwannee River watershed
is one of the largest in the country, and there are also
flooding problems on the Suwannee River, which could be important
for obtaining federal dollars.
Tonight we get to hear twice about the long-awaited
flooding study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
once with no citizen input at the Valdosta City Council Work Session,
and then with citizen input at Valdosta City Hall Annex.
Presumably this study will say something about the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), the new
force main to prevent manhole overflows, and
maybe some upstream measures to keep quite as much water from getting there.
This study only addresses issues within the city limits of Valdosta,
not the larger watersheds upstream on the Withlacoochee and Little Rivers
and downstream: that will take more funding.
downstream in Florida may be relieved to hear something is being done.