Clean weekend 2020-05-17

Update 2020-05-22: Good Withlacoochee River water quality 2020-05-20.

Update 2020-05-21: Three Little River Landings in Swim Guide 2020-05-21.

As clean as we’ve ever seen, this last weekend, on the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers.

This is from WWALS water quality testing. You can help.

Also note it is raining now in Georgia, and Tifton already got an inch of rain. So something will be coming down the rivers in the next few days. We shall see what.

[Russell Allen McBride recognizing Frank Gay, 10:08:19]
Russell Allen McBride recognizing Frank Gay, at Cook County Boat Ramp, Little River @ GA 76, 2020-05-16

We also have data from Madison Health for last Thursday, May 14, 2020, with 10 cfu/100 mL E. coli at the state line, and zero (0) at CR 150 (Sullivan Launch) and at FL 6 (just above Madison Blue Spring).

For context, including the entire WWALS composite water quality table of results from both Georgia and Florida, see

For the weekend, that’s a zero from both my Saturday testing on the Little River @ GA 76 (Cook County Boat Ramp) and Suzy Hall’s Sunday testing on the Withlacoochee River @ Knights Ferry Boat Ramp. Can’t get much cleaner than zero.


That continues the clean with no rain trend from the last post.

These are the kinds of PetriFilm plates we like to see:

[Zero: Little River @ GA 76 2020-05-16]
Zero: Little River @ GA 76 2020-05-16

Yes, there are some bacterial colonies, but none of them are blue. E. coli colonies are blue with bubbles, and there are none, so that’s a big zero.

[Zero: Withlacoochee River @ Knights Ferry 2020-05-17]
Zero: Withlacoochee River @ Knights Ferry 2020-05-17

Cook County Boat Ramp is at the top of this map.

[Cook County Boat Ramp to Running Springs]
Cook County Boat Ramp (top left) to Running Springs (lower right)
in WWALS map of all public launches and Boat Ramps in the Suwannee River Basin.

We still don’t know what is going on downstream on the Suwannee River, because nobody is testing there. Floridians, maybe you’d like to ask your elected and appointed officials to do regular testing. If Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia can do that to the state line, Florida can test from there to the Gulf.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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