The Valdosta City Council could also hold an ethics investigation
of their own appointees to the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority,
on the topic of why those appointees are in favor of a project with
demonstrated health hazards to the community.
In a recent Valdosta council meeting, longtime councilman Sonny Vickers
asked if there was any way to put the biomass issue to rest once and for
all. The good news, Councilman Vickers, is that there is and it’s all
in the city’s hands.
The Industrial Authority signed an agreement with Wiregrass Power LLC
which allows the company to purchase the land from the Authority and
proceed with the project on its own. Although the Authority hasn’t
yet voted on the issue, it appears that they don’t have a choice and
may be compelled to honor the agreement.
Compelled? Give me a break!
VLCIA has an attorney, and one of its board members is an attorney.
If they can’t find a way to break a land purchase contract because
conditions have changed, they need new legal counsel.
So Valdosta’s ponds for flood control idea
is a good start on local water issues.
Rather than a few big antiseptic ponds, how about many small distributed
ponds, like the
Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission’s
Because of increased irrigation from existing ponds in Southeast Georgia
due to saltwater intrusion into groundwater aquifers and moratoriums on
well drillings along Georgia’s coast, GSWCC, in cooperation with NRCS,
developed the Ponds Program. By helping landowners to construct new and
renovate existing ponds for irrigation, the Ponds Program has been able
to take advantage of rain harvesting to increase landowners’ irrigation
capabilities while simultaneously reducing withdrawal from our aquifers,
protecting and improving water quality, capturing sediment to reduce
downstream transport, and providing wildlife habitats.
Build retaining ponds upriver to capture flood waters and use them for irrigation?
That would be a start on some of the
many water concerns.
Tim Carroll sent the appended to a long list of people Sunday.
Important news concerning storm water/flood water management in our
area. As noted below in Larry’s email, much work has been done to find
solutions. I made this presentation to both the local and state Chamber
Governmental Affairs Council’s soliciting their support. There have
also been numerous contacts with state and federal representatives
concerning this issue.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
Happy Independence Day,
From: Larry Hanson
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 4:10 PM
To: Tim Carroll
Subject: FW: Suwannee-Satilla Regional Water Plan Comments
Mayor and Council;
Any and all Georgians have the opportunity to comment on the proposed
state water plan and specifically the Suwannee-Satilla Regional Water
Plan that covers our region. As you know, I made a presentation to the
regional water council late last year in Douglas regarding regional
stormwater and the need to address this issue as part of the state water
plan. The presentation was