Update 2019-12-30: Valdosta sewage in Florida 2019-12-26.
Maybe the two inches of rain last weekend are finally flushing the Withlacoochee River and diluting Valdosta’s record-largest sewage spill. E. coli counts from Friday’s testing are down from previous tests. Looks like the contamination is probably mostly in Florida now, so dilution would be good.
If E. coli counts continue to drop, and river levels stay up, we will paddle from Troupville Boat Ramp to Spook Bridge on January 18, 2020. You are invited to join us.
Only Knights Ferry Boat Ramp still showed an E. coli count at a worrisome level. Here are the results, followed by some commentary on each site.
|Hagan Bridge at GA 122||133 cfu/100 mL|
|U.S. 84 Bridge||0 cfu/100 mL|
|Spook Bridge||33 cfu/100 mL|
|Knights Ferry Boat Ramp||300 cfu/100 mL|
|Nankin Boat Ramp||133 cfu/100 mL|
|State Line Boat Ramp||100 cfu/100 mL|
This is not the whole story, because I did not collect test water at the Little River Confluence with the Withlacoochee River, at GA 133, nor at Sugar Creek. A neighboring landowner tells me the Withlacoochee River just below Sugar Creek still smells like sewage. If there are still pockets of sewage there, they could flush loose in later rains and run downstream. We will investigate.Continue reading