Bad Withlacoochee Friday, Worse Crooked Creek Saturday 2020-03-07

Update 2020-03-13: Video: Earth Day Cleanup and Paddle –Suwannee Riverkeeper & Georgia Power on Scott James Radio 2020-03-12.

Valdosta’s Friday Withlacoochee River Knights Ferry results were bad enough, but the WWALS Crooked Creek Sunday results were even worse. Crooked Creek is upstream of Okapilco Creek and Knights Ferry.

[Withlacoochee, Okapilco, Crooked Creek 2020-03-07]
Withlacoochee, Okapilco, Crooked Creek 2020-03-07
For context and the entire WWALS composite spreadsheet of data from Georgia and Florida sources, see http://wwals.net/issues/testing/.

We have no new results from Florida since the Madison Health TNTC Thursday results.

A useful thing about the Valdosta results is you can see that the E. coli readings are very high starting at Knights Ferry, but not upstream. So this is not coming from Valdosta. WWALS continues testing and nwrrowing the sources of this contamination. You can help.

[Quitman to Withlacoochee River]
Map: Quitman to Withlacoochee River.
In the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.

WWALS testers Conn and Trudy Cole drew water from Crooked Creek this Saturday.

[Monument Church Road, Crooked Creek]
Monument Church Road, Crooked Creek

Those plates get 1,166 cfu/100 mL, which is higher than the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream alert limit of 1,000. See also what do these numbers mean?

[Devane Road, Crooked Creek]
Devane Road, Crooked Creek

Devane Road is usually higher than MCR, but this TNTC (Too Numerous To Count) may be a new record. That E. coli is washing downstream on the Withlacoochee River by now.

Thanks to Valdosta PIO Ashlyn Johnson for getting Valdosta’s Friday results posted about 3:30 PM today.

I don’t know why there has been no further testing in Florida. Without it, we don’t know for example whether that Thursday contamination has reached the Suwannee River.

[Quitman and Valdosta to Suwannee River]
Quitman and Valdosta to Suwannee River
In the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.

You Can Help

Please continue to contact your local and state elected officials in Florida and Georgia to ask for funding and personnel for frequent (several times a week) testing at closely-spaced stations along all our rivers, with timely online publication. And water well testing, too.

You can help WWALS test water quality by donating to our WWALS water quality testing program. Or maybe you know a bank or other source of larger financial support.

[Suzy with a Petrifilm]
Suzy Hall with a Petrifilm.
Each bacterial test costs $6 for Petrifilms alone.
WWALS is spending about $40 a day on Petrifilms and other materials after this Valdosta spill.

Maybe you want to get trained and help test; if so, follow this link.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!

-jsq

1 thought on “Bad Withlacoochee Friday, Worse Crooked Creek Saturday 2020-03-07

  1. Loretta Tennant

    I believe Florida doesn’t test, because they don’t want to find out what’s in the water. If they know, they might be required to do something about the pollution and the polluters. Just my opinion, but an informed one.

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