Where is that E. coli going once it crosses the state line on the Withlacoochee River?
We don’t know, but at 4:39 PM Friday FDEP updated its online spreadsheet to contain very good results for Thursday at GA 31 (State Line), CR 150 (Sullivan Launch), and FL 6 (just above Madison Blue Spring).
Accordingly, we have set all the Florida “beaches” green on Swim Guide.
Knights Ferry and Nankin Boat Ramps remain red.
Thanks to Madison Health for continuing to test downstream in Florida.
What’s happening farther downstream on the Withlacoochee and Suwannee Rivers? We don’t know: nobody is testing down there.
Floridians: maybe you’d like to ask your statehouse elected officials to fund FDEP to implement regular river testing all the way from the state line to the Gulf. If Valdosta can do it, the great state of Florida can do it. For that matter, FDEP told us last November that they already had money for that and were allocating it regionally. Maybe you’d like to ask FDEP to allocate some of it to the Suwannee River Basin.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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