Update 2019-12-17: WWALS Water Quality Testing US 84 & FL Campsites, Withlacoochee River 2019-12-16.
Here is Valdosta’s water quality testing data since the spill was discovered.
Apparently the spill was so bad it actually went upstream on Hightower Creek to St. Augustine Road, judging by the 1530 Fecal coliform cfu/100 ml reading on December 10th and 1275 on December 11th. Sugar Creek at Gornto Road was 5100 that day, and 8100 on December 11th. A reading of 1000 indicates a real problem. This was far worse.
The good news is that the levels are decreasing at those sampling stations.
The better news is that the sewage had not made it downstream even as far as US 84 (Valdosta sampling) or anywhere on the Withlacoochee or Suwannee Rivers in Florida (SRWMD sampling) as of December 15, 2019. (WWALS already got SRWMD’s data from Wednesday, December 12, 2019 last week and published it).
You may notice a big gap between US 84 and CR 150 (Sullivan Launch). We have already published some WWALS data for Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps, in which we also did not yet see the Valdosta sewage. More will follow today.
Also notice that the Florida Department of Health titles this: “SITUATION REPORT – Dec 3 2019 Valdosta Sewage Spill”. So apparently Valdosta’s record-largest raw sewage spill started Tuesday, December 3rd, not Thursday, December 5th, the day I congratulated Valdosta Utilities Director Darryl Muse for no spills for months, and not December 9th, the day Valdosta finally discovered the spill.
Thanks to Valdosta City Manager Mark Barber for sending this information last night at 11:14 PM. He promised an update today. We look forward to it.
Bureau of Environmental Health
SITUATION REPORT – Dec 3 2019 Valdosta Sewage Spill
As of December 16, 2019 at 1700 hours EST
Contact Michael.Mitchell@flhealth.gov for additional information about this report.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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