Update 2020-06-02: Clean Little and Withlacoochee Rivers 2020-05-31.
Still more good water quality results from Madison Health and Valdosta for last Thursday and Friday, and from WWALS tester Suzy Hall Saturday and Monday, so all the Withlacoochee River “beaches” on Swim Guide remain green for “Meets water quality standards”.
Because there still hasn’t been hardly any rain, nothing much has washed into our waterways. Yes, now we’re really taking down our WWALS yellow diamond Caution signs.
WWALS will continue testing and consolidating results. You can help.
Suzy Hall for WWALS got 200 cfu/100 mL E. coli for Knights Ferry Boat Ramp on Saturday, May 23, 2020. While that’s higher than the long-term average limit of 126, it’s well lower than the one-time limit of 410.
Monday at Nankin, she got zero, and at State Line she got 33.
See also What do these numbers mean?.
Last Thursday, Madison Health got 0, 0, and 10 at State Line, CR 150, and FL 6, respectively. Last Friday, Valdosta got 20, 100, and 100 at US 41, GA 133, and US 84.
Suzy photographed the sample water she collected in WhirlPaks.
On the left in each of these pictures is distilled water for a control plate.
As you can see, State Line looked the cleanest.
However, Nankin was the cleanest.
So that goes to show yet again that you can’t see E. coli bacteria in the water.
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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