Safe Water for Walton ‘READY TO RIDE

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Safe Water for Walton is “READY TO RIDE” . . . with help of Pedego® !


Local non-profit launches its web site, announces major 2018 Legislative Session successes, and has two Pedego® electric bikes to give away!


Safe Water for Walton has been a registered non-profit organization for less than 6 months, yet already has racked up a list of successes.

Now, the group says it’s time for the community to help celebrate and be part of creating new projects. It has a “Safe Water for Walton ‘READY TO RIDE!’ Membership Drive,” sponsored by Pedego® Electric Bikes 30A—a drawing for not just one but two brand-new bikes! The value of each Pedego® electric bike is $2,295.00!

Safe Water for Walton [no acronym please] was launched in November 2017 by a group of local community leaders to more closely watch some major regional and local water policy issues.

All of the Board members—and the soon-to-be-announced Community Advisory Council members—have either worked in State government in Tallahassee, or on various countywide policy issues.  Highlights from the list of accomplishments by Safe Water for Walton so far include:

  • Sent the Florida Governor a 4-page letter with seven separately researched concerns about a contentious wastewater treatment-related bill (HB 1149) that the group had watched the most closely, with hired its lobbyists. The bill passed both chambers of the Legislature. The Governor vetoed the bill on April 6. It was the only substantive policy bill the Governor vetoed from the 2018 Session.
  • Has continued to be the leading voice in Walton County against a “deep injection well” for toxic landfill leachate in Jackson County, as proposed by a private vendor. The county commissions in Jackson, Gadsden, and Walton in 2017 all passed unanimous resolutions against this State regulatory permit application—as have all three cities in Walton County—Freeport, DeFuniak Springs, Paxton—in addition to other nearby cities and towns. The permit is pending on file with the State, with no timetable or deadline for either approval or denial. This existential threat to the region’s public water supply continues to be the No. 1 priority of the group and is what galvanized it into being formed.
  • Just launched a web site——made possible with major support from, Coastal Accounting, and others.
  • Organized Walton County’s first-ever “Operation Medicine Cabinet” with State funding support, and a U.S. Southeastern expert in hazardous waste disposal. Plans are already under way for another pharmaceuticals/medicines collection event with more local sponsors. OMC is a national movement to keep all types of pharmaceuticals and medicines out of the communities’ local water supply and drinking water, because they aren’t all regulated within federal or state drinking water standards. Flushed medicines also harm wildlife species, with many examples of some fish changed from male to female. Everyone is encouraged to never flush any medicines down a drain—whether it’s antibiotics, painkillers, mood stabilizers, anti-convulsants, any male/female hormone material, or cough syrup liquid. Pharmaceuticals are hazardous to waterways and public drinking water, including those on private water wells.

“What we’ve done so far will become exponential in the next year, now that we have a structured membership program that people have been asking for,” said founding board member and Freeport resident Beth Jackson, who has lived in Walton for 44 years. “Like so many neighbors and friends, I remember 56 years ago first vacationing here, at Grayton Beach and up in our freshwater springs and parks! So check out the web site and join this effort, because you’ll be making a big difference.”

At least two member receptions are planned so far in 2018, one south of the Bay in May, and other north of the Bay in summer. Any interested sponsors should contact

The group received support from out-of-state owners of Walton properties, including farmers and Bayfront owners, who were immediately concerned about their real estate values as Safe Water for Walton started educating the community about the “deep injection well” for toxic landfill leachate.

Some Walton property owners also were familiar with the failures of uncapped deep injection wells, as toxic plumes and widespread contamination of the public water supply has occurred in their home states.

The “Safe Water for Walton ‘READY TO RIDE’ Membership Drive” with Pedego will run through May 2. Any donations for the drawing will be accepted online through May 2 only. Mail-in donations for the bike drawing must be received by May 2 as well.

All the online donation options, along with a mail-in entry form, are on the website.

A drawing will be held shortly after May 2 at a members’ reception. Need not be present to win.

The group emphasizes that any level of membership donation to Safe Water for Walton is an automatic entry, whether done online or mailed in.

Additional entries are a $10 suggestion donation. See the web site for full details.

A video of the drawing for the two Pedego electric bikes in May will be post on the group’s Facebook page, @safewaterforWalton.

Pedego 30A is the Emerald Coast’s first and only all-electric bicycle shop, providing sales, rentals, and bike service. Owner Jason Medina is native of the Emerald Coast—and recently retired from service in the U.S. Coast Guard. The shop welcomes demo test-riders at any time. They also provide rental bikes for a group ride monthly, and that is also open to anyone.

“We are proud to help present the membership launch for Safe Water for Walton,” Medina said. “Everything about Walton County revolves around enjoyment of these outdoors that we all love—and Pedego is all about having fun in the outdoors!”

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