Excellent water quality, Withlacoochee River, but raining now 2020-07-22

Update 2020-07-27: Alert bacteria level at GA 133, Withlacoochee River, Friday 2020-07-24.

Valdosta already reported downstream Withlacoochee River results for Wednesday! They are excellent: 30 cfu/100 mL E. coli for Okapilco Creek @ US 84, same for Knights Ferry and Nankin Boat Ramps, and 40 for State Line: all well below the 126 longterm average limit. Valdosta results for Friday and Monday were similar, so the longterm average is in fact excellent. Plus we have Thursday and Tuesday Florida results, none higher than 10 for any of GA 31 (State Line), CR 150 (Sullivan Launch), or FL 6 (Madison Blue Spring). All that backs up the zero WWALS tester Suzy Hall got at State Line Boat Ramp Saturday.

Upstream, the most recent results from Valdosta are 30 for US 41, 140 for GA 133, and 0 (zero) for US 84, which is as good as it gets.

However, the UGA station for Dixie, GA, on the west side of Brooks County, already reported more than an inch of rain. Not so much rain anywhere else, so we don’t know what that rain will wash to the waterways. WWALS will be testing this weekend.

[Accuweather Radar]
Accuweather Radar Map.

Here’s the data:

[Very clean, but new rain]
Very clean, but new rain
For the entire WWALS composite map of Georgia and Florida water quality results and other context, see: wwals.net/issues/testing/.

All the Withlacoochee River “beaches” on Swim Guide remain green.

[Green on Swim Guide, Withlacoochee River]
Green on Swim Guide, Withlacoochee River

All the above datapoints are on the WWALS Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT). They are all visible on the map below.

[Relevant Landings in the Suwannee River Basin]
Relevant Landings in the Suwannee River Basin
WWALS map of public landings in the Suwannee River Basin.

Thanks to Valdosta PIO Ashlyn Johnson for getting the Valdosta data published so quickly.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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