This very high E. coli count of 5,933 cfu/100 mL can’t possibly be because of Valdosta. And it can’t be because of the Quitman Land Application Site (LAS). What could it be? Well, there are many cows upstream on Crooked Creek. But also a Quitman sewage settling pond. You can help find out what it is.
Conn and Trudy Cole took this sample Wednesday, February 19, 2020, for WWALS, at the bridge on Devane Road over what we’re calling Crooked Creek. If anybody knows a better name, please let us know. Whatever it’s called, it runs into Okapilco Creek downstream of US 84, and apparently upstream of where Lowndes County has been testing on the Bray property.
As you can see by the map, Okapilco Creek runs into the Withlacoochee River between US 84 and Knights Ferry Boat Ramp. Since it rained 1/3 to 3/4 inch at all upstream gauges, expect this E. coli to be moving down the river.
We do not have any updates yet from the Florida agencies, Lowndes County, nor Valdosta. Meanwhile, the WWALS composite spreadsheet with all previous results back to December 3, 2019, including this WWALS Crooked Creek TNTC, is on the WWALS website.
Suzy Hall with a Petrifilm.
Each bacterial test costs $6 for Petrifilms alone.
WWALS is spending about $40 a day on Petrifilms after this Valdosta spill.
Much more about recent water quality is on the WWALS website.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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