Suzy Hall’s Sunday testing at State Line Boat Ramp started the good news this week.
So WWALS can continue testing, WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman just bought another case of Petrifilm, to the tune of $753.25. That’s a big buy for a tiny nonprofit such as WWALS. You can help.
The Withlacoochee River is clean this week, and even Okapilco Creek is cleaner than it sometimes is.
At State Line Boat Ramp, Suzy Hall for WWALS, the City of Valdosta, and Madison Health all got well below the 126 cfu/100 mL E. coli limit for longterm averages, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Even Knights Ferry Boat Ramp was clean. See also what do these numbers mean?
So what happened to the 7,200 cfu/100 mL E. coli I got on Crooked Creek at Devane Road Friday? Maybe it got deleted by all the water still coming downstream in Okapilco Creek and the Withlacoochee River. Maybe it made its way downstream Saturday and early Sunday before Suzy tested. We don’t know, because nobody tested Saturday or early Sunday.
Here’s a map for context.
At least for Monday we didn’t see a 2,100 at Knights Ferry Boat Ramp like Valdosta got for last Wednesday after rains.
Here’s a video Suzy Hall took while she was collecting test water. She remarked, “Testing water today. This is social distancing at it’s finest.”
Sometimes there are dangerous things in the water other than E. coli, such as serpents. Suzy noted that this is a water snake, and indeed a venemous cottonmouth moccasin, which was deceased before she got there. She added, “There are often children at this ramp. I’m not all that hurt over this. And before you hate, I’m one of the first to say leave them alone.”
Here is Suzy Hall’s facebook post with her video and pictures of testing on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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®
You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!