VALDOSTA, Ga. – Demonstrators gathered to protest the Sabal Trail pipeline and participate in the "Dirty Dozen" waterways conference call.
WWALS Watershed Coalition sponsored the demonstration.
Members and demonstrators met in the median of Highway 84 at the Withlacoochee River Bridge to listen to the Georgia Water Coalition's "Dirty Dozen 2016" conference call.
The "Dirty Dozen" list is an attempt to "put a spotlight on ongoing pollution problems, pending threats to Georgia’s water as well as state and federal policies and failures that ultimately harm — or could harm — Georgia property owners, downstream communities, fish and wildlife, hunters and anglers, and boaters and swimmers,' according to organizers.
The 2016 list includes the Floridan aquifer which supplies water for South Georgia and North Florida. The Watershed Coalition believes the aquifer is threatened by the controversial Sabal Trail pipeline being constructed through southwest Georgia.
Demonstrators from Georgia and Florida spoke to members of the press Wednesday voicing their concerns about the pipeline.
Following the press call, the group hiked up the Withlacoochee River to view an area in the river where drilling mud seeped up into the river on Oct. 21.
A Sabal Trail spokesperson said equipment was installed, "a drum and vacuum system to remove the drilling mud and turbidity curtains around a small area to contain the limits of the drilling mud."