Environmental issues and property rights @ LCDP 2015-06-01

Many things affect the local environment: paving roads, buses, pipelines, wastewater, and solid waste. Abundant clean water is a major reason all of us are here. Like transportation, environmental issues have come up at several previous LCDP meetings, often also including property rights: roads and pipelines go through somebody’s land, and blowing trash or flooding wastewater affect many people’s property, taxes, and quality of life. Facebook event.

6PM Monday June 1st, come hear from people who deal with these issues all the time, and speak up with your own questions and ideas, at the monthly Lowndes County Democratic Party meeting.

Our meeting location is the Lowndes County Board of Elections office at 2808 North Oak Street from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. We would appreciate if you could bring a dish, but you do not need to bring food to join in.

There will be candidates for office: this is a city election year.

Likely topics include:

  • What’s Lowndes County doing to stop trash dumping and waste blowing off trucks?
  • Stopping Valdosta wastewater spills and restarting the Alapaha River Water Trail.
  • The Georgia Governor and Lt. Governor say the state opposes a pipeline in southeast Georgia, so what about that Sabal Trail pipeline proposed to run through southwest Georgia and Lowndes County?
  • Fossil fuel divestment could get to the root of the pipeline problem and students have VSU down to the last decision on that.
  • Georgia is suddenly the fastest-growing solar market in the country; how did that happen, and how can we steer some of those jobs here?

Guest speakers are:

  • Bill Slaughter, Chairman, Lowndes County Commission
  • Ben Vieth, Students Against Violating the Environment
  • John S. Quarterman, President, WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.
  • Debra Johnson, Board Member, SpectraBusters, Inc.
  • Michael G. Noll, President, Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy

The moderator as usual will be LCDP President Tom Hochschild.

The LCDP platform says:

Georgia Democrats believe we have a moral obligation to leave our children and grandchildren with an earth as safe, beautiful, and majestic as the one bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents.

The Lowndes County Democratic Committee quoted that passage when it voted to support a solar power bill and to oppose the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline.

What can we do to make it so?

Membership Dues and Donations

LCDP could use a new computer, and the monthly rent is always due for our headquarters on Slater Street in Valdosta. Please consider making a donation, or paying membership fees for yourself or someone else. Dues are $25 for an individual, $40 for a family, and $15 for students, military, and seniors. These dues are used solely to get Democrats elected to office, and are vital to the efforts of the LCDP. You may donate or pay your dues online at: http://www.lowndesdems.org/about/membership-dues/.

Finally, don’t forget to join us July 7th at Mathis Auditorium for the annual LCDP July BBQ.

Thank you for all that you do.

Tom Hochschild, Chair
Lowndes County Democratic Party

-jsq