Thanks to Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson for this advisory about the task force meeting. This has been an on-going problem for years, but the last spill in December 2019 was by far the worst and put hundreds at risk needlessly.
One thing is to have record-breaking rains to tax an inadequate system, but it is quite another to put 7.5 million gallons of raw human waste in our public waters because of rank incompetence and carelessness, which is the case here.
It is our opinion that we are well past the point of tolerance and cooperation with the unqualified, inept public employees who oversee Valdosta’s wastewater system. There must be new personnel put in place who can handle the responsibility of this important job.
There must also be compensation for the harm rendered to citizens downstream into Florida whose wells were contaminated and whose health was put in harm’s way.
There should also be punitive damages for literally making sewers out of Florida’s rivers.
If you believe this unnecessary and worsening problem should be solved now, come to this meeting and tell the task force we want action. Public input is welcomed by the task force.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum
Please be advised that there will be a Middle and Lower Suwannee River and Withlacoochee River Task Force meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 213 NW Commerce Boulevard, Lake City.
Please find attached the meeting notice for the meeting.
Click on the following link for a printable version of the complete Task Force meeting packet.
Please note hard copies of the complete meeting packet will be available at the Task Force meeting.
Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
North Central Florida Regional Planning Council
2009 NW 67th Place, Gainesville, FL 32653-1603
Voice: 352.955.2200, ext. 100