“Hamilton County residents and elected officials shared concerns over the ongoing wastewater spills from Valdosta, Ga., during the county’s legislative delegation hearing Jan. 16.
Montford said, as the Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, a report will be done on what the state of Florida can do to stop the spills.“Sorry doesn’t count too much when it gets into the rivers,” Montford said.
Jacqueline Mathis said her husband became gravely ill from the E. coli from their well water that was infected by wastewater sewage in the Withlacoochee River. Ms. Mathis wept because she almost lost her husband because of the E. coli
Chris Mericle said wells that are miles from the river are also affected.“We need somebody that will make this a priority every day,” Mericle said. He also asked that the state find funding for water quality testing and water treatment for those who cannot afford it.“This is something we didn’t cause,” Mericle said.
Commissioner Josh Smith also echoed concerns about the wastewater spills.“We have begged for help for nine years,” Smith said. However, Smith did not bring this before the delegation and Ms. Box may have received a statement from him. Nine years is much too long when it involves human life.
Brannan said the state may have to consider a lawsuit due to the spills occurring in another state. He said he will look into the issue.“I hope you will move forward with the concerns you have heard here,” Smith said.