Water Quality Testing

Context

  • Smartphone app for water quality through Swim Guide. Explanation in blog post.
  • WWALS composite table of Georgia and Florida results on the Withlacoochee and Suwannee Rivers, plus Okapilco and other creeks, from December 3, 2019, forward, is on the WWALS google drive. Most of our recent WWALS blog posts about testing results are below here under Results. Numerous snapshots of the WWALS composite table have been posted since December 2019 in Valdosta Spills, but Valdosta is not the only source of contamination, and Valdosta has not spilled into the Withlacoochee River since the one big one in early December 2019.
  • WWALS Water Quality Testing Results for all WWALS testing stations in the Suwannee River Basin (including the Alapaha, Little, and Santa Fe Rivers, as well as the Withlacoochee and Suwannee) are on the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream website.
  • City of Valdosta results since December 3, 2019, are on the city’s website as of 2020-02-14 under Water Quality Data. Click on “RIVER & CREEK TESTING DATA”. To get the most current table you may have refresh your browser cache first (control-shift-R).
  • Florida results since 2016 are online as of 2020-02-28 under Suwannee River Basin Sampling Locations. Includes data from the Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and county Health Departments, and from Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD). Under Sampling Results, click on Sampling Results for Suwannee River Basin Stations 2016- Present. To get the most current table you may have refresh your browser cache first (control-shift-R).
  • What do these numbers mean?.
  • Rainfall sources. See separate web page.

WWALS Water Quality Testing Program

You can help WWALS test water quality by donating to our water quality testing program.

[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 after the record Valdosta spill.

Beyond sewage spills (which come from more than one place), something else is getting into our springs, rivers, and wells, nitrates from fertilizer, maybe livestock, wildlife, domestic pets, or septic tanks. We want to know when, where, and what, so maybe we can do something about it.

And when there is a spill, the testing required by the permits is very limited, so we want to follow up spills and find out how far they went and what they affected.

So WWALS has started a Water Quality Testing Program.

Sign up to help test

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Want the brown flakes to dissolve: Sara Jay testing at Troupville Boat Ramp 2019-01-06.

Test Results

Test results directly related to Valdosta sewage spills are on the Valdosta Spills web page.

But that’s not the only source of stream contamination. So most of our recent WWALS blog posts about testing results are here.

Update 2020-02-11 New problems, February 2020 and later.

Older Test Results

We have collected quite a bit of background water quality test data from Georgia, from Tifton, Lowndes County, and Valdosta. For these older test results, the raw Valdosta data is on the WWALS website.

2018 Valdosta weekly testing data

WWALS used to file a Georgia Open Records Act (GORA) request weekly with Valdosta, and usually getting back on Friday Valdosta’s river testing data from the preceding Wednesday. Here are the recent weeks of that data, in the format they sent and visible below.

Yes, we have suggested to Valdosta that they could put their spreadsheet online just as easily as we can.

And now Valdosta does that; see above.

Withlachoochee River Upstream @ North Valdosta Road
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
Withlachoochee River Midway Point @ Hwy 133 West
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
Withlachoochee River Downstream @ Highway 84 West
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
Little River @ 133 West
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
Withlachoochee River Downstream at Madison Florida
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
St. Augustine Road Upstream at Mud Creek
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
Johnston Road Downstream at Mud Creek
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
Hwy 135 Alapahoochee River Jennings Florida
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
9/19/20185.6 mg/l28.26.5115/100 ml115/100 ml9/19/20186.7 mg/l26.56.9310/100 ml140/100 ml9/19/20187.3 mg/l27.17.090/100 ml10/100 ml9/19/20186.2 mg/l27.96.485/100 ml80/100 ml9/19/20186.7 mg/l27.76.60/100 ml0/100 ml9/19/20181.7 mg/l25.44.20/100 ml0/100 ml9/19/20186.1 mg/l26.57.2150/100 ml140/100 ml9/19/20186.5 mg/l27.96.50/100 ml0/100 ml
9/25/20185.5 mg/l26.85.6225/100 ML110/100 ML9/25/20185.7 mg/l265.1415/100 ML110/100 ML9/25/20184.8 mg/l27.26.860/100 ML10/100 ML9/25/20186.7 mg/l27.15.860/100 ML0/100 ML9/25/20187.0 mg/l26.06.720/100 ML10/100 ML9/25/20181.7 mg/l25.26.3100/100 ML10/100 ML9/25/20186.2 mg/l26.05.6150/100 ML85/100 ML9/25/20187.0 mg/l26.04.8210/100 ML165/100 ml
10/3/20185.6 mg/l24.65.2560/100 ml100/100 ml10/3/20186.6 mg/l25.15.7400/100 ml320/100 ml10/3/20187.0 mg/l26.15.240/100 ml20/100 ml10/3/20186.8 mg/l24.75.6135/100 ml30/100 ml10/3/20185.6 mg/l25.15.830/100 ml0/100 ml10/3/20182.2 mg/l24.34.020/100 ml200/100 ml10/3/20186.0 mg/l24.54.0400/100 ml240/100 ml10/3/20186.3 mg/l25.35.5100/100 ml140/100 ml
10/9/20186.4 mg/l23.36.3685/100 ml120/100 ml10/9/20186.2 mg/l23.16.2300/100 ml90/100 ml10/9/20186.5 mg/l23.16.540/100 ml0/100 ml10/9/20186.6 mg/l24.16.4610/100 ml20/100 ml10/9/20186.1 mg/l24.16.110/100 ml10/100 ml10/9/20185.1 mg/l23.95.6140/100 ml215/100 ml10/9/20186.7 mg/l24.24.0165/100 ml80/100 ml10/9/20186.5 mg/l24.35.9355/100 ml125/100 ml
10/17/20186.0 mg/l27.35.8195/100 ml55/100 ml10/17/20186.4 mg/l26.45.0200/100 ml70/100 ml10/17/20186.5 mg/l26.54.870/100 ml10/100 ml10/17/20186.7 mg/l26.26.2195/100 ml55/100 ml10/17/20185.9 mg/l29.14.160/100 ml20/100 ml10/17/20182.2 mg/l24.83.810/100 ml10/100 ml10/17/20185.9 mg/l23.76.4125/100 ml55/100 ml10/17/20186.1 mg/l24.94.8430/100 ml180/100 ml
10/24/20186.0 mg/l20.46.820/100 ml20/100 ml10/24/20186.5 mg/l20.77.0170/100ml50/100 ml10/24/20186.5 mg/l20.96.810/100 ml10/100 ml10/24/20186.2 mg/l20.26.7610/100 ml75/100 ml10/24/20186.9 mg/l20.67.050/100 ml0/100 ml10/24/20182.5 mg/l20.44.0200/100 ml125/100 ml10/24/20186.4 mg/l20.37.1140/100 ml150/100 ml10/24/20186.1 mg/l20.46.6255/100 ml335/100 ml
10/31/20186.9 mg/l25.15.9180/100 ml80/100 ml10/31/20186.4 mg/l25.86.5110/100 ml55/100 ml10/31/20186.6 mg/l25.76.4500/100 ml70/100 ml10/31/20186.7 mg/l26.16.23000/100 ml75/100 ml10/31/20186.8 mg/l25.35.62900/100 ml10/100 ml10/31/20182.8 mg/l24.14.0500/100 ml500/100 ml10/31/20187.0 mg/l24.75.7300/100 ml245/100 ml10/31/20186.5 mg/l25.15.9190/100 ml50/100 ml
11/7/20184.9 mg/l21.86.320/100 ml100/100 ml11/7/20187.3 mg/l20.76.3100/100 ml20/100 ml11/7/20187.5 mg/l20.96.640/100 ml10/100 ml11/7/20187.2 mg/l20.56.4700/100 ml80/100 ml11/7/20186.8 mg/l22.16.885/100 ml70/100 ml11/7/20182.0 mg/l4.84.3670/100 ml230/100 ml11/7/20186.5 mg/l22.56.72200/100 ml500/100 ml11/7/20186.5 mg/l21.96.6280/100 ml135/100 ml
11/14/20186.5 mg/l17.16.31100/100 ML100/100ML11/14/20187.0 mg/l17.15.8300/100 ML300/100 ml11/14/20187.0 mg/l17.36.1230/100ml110/100ml11/14/20186.7 mg/l17.46.5230/100ml40/100ml11/14/20186.7 mg/l17.46.6700/100ml400/100ml11/14/20181.9 mg/l18.24.01000/100ml600/100ml11/14/20186.5 mg/l17.46.1500/100ml300/100ml11/14/20186.6 mg/l17.66.44900/100ml1000/100ml
11/21/20186.5 mg/l14.96.4130/100 ml65/100 ml11/21/20186.6 mg/l15.16.8110/100 ml50/100 ml11/21/20186.8 mg/l15.27.0200/100 ml70/100 ml11/21/20186.8 mg/l15.36.5230/100 ml40/100 ml11/21/20186.5 mg/l15.46.1250/100 ml155/100 ml11/21/20183.2 mg/l13.84.680/100 ml20/100 ml11/21/20187.6 mg/l14.75.9300/100 ml30/100 ml11/21/20186.7 mg/l15.27.0190/100 ml100/100 ml
11/28/20185.9 mg/l10.86.8200/100 ml205/100 ml11/28/20186.3 mg/l11.17.0185/100 ml30/100 ml11/28/20186.1 mg/l10.76.91300/100 ml165/100 ml11/28/20185.8 mg/l10.46.6800/100 ml335/100 ml11/28/20186.9 mg/l10.76.61100/100 ml1400/100 ml11/28/20182.5 mg/l8.34.4210/100 ml200/100 ml11/28/20185.7 mg/l9.56.3800/100 ml255/100 ml11/28/20187.1 mg/l11.25.72100/100 ml1300/100 ml

Maps

Much of that quality data, along with spill reports, is in this this map in Water Reporter. Eventually we hope to put much of it into Georgia Adopt-A-Stream; there’s some further training to do first.