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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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®
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