Update 2020-11-20: Good since Thursday, Withlacoochee River Water Quality 2020-11-17
Whatever that was Wednesday at GA 133 and US 84, it did not reappear on Valdosta’s Friday results at the same locations, nor in the WWALS results upstream and down for Saturday on the Withlacoochee and Little Rivers.
Thanks to Valdosta PIO Ashlyn Johnson for publishing the updated Valdosta upstream Friday results on a Saturday afternoon. She says the City of Valdosta has not had any spills. And according to Valdosta Assistant City Manager Richard Hardy, the city goverment is well aware of the problem and is working on ways to find the culprits. I have left a message with Lowndes County Utilities. I am also talking to law enforcement. A letter will go to GA-EPD today.
Thanks to WWALS testers Jacob and Michael Bachrach for testing at Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps. Thanks to WWALS testers Angela and Josh Duncan for testing at US 41 and Troupville Boat Ramp. The point of that last one, on the Little River, is as a control: since Troupville Boat Ramp is about 2,000 feet upstream of the Little River Confluence with the Withlacoochee River, it should be clean.
And it was. But so were all the other test locations. So whatever it was either moved so fast downstream it was below FL 6 when Madison Health tested Thursday, or it was small although toxic, and got diluted pretty quickly.
The chronic problem test station at the GA 133 Withlacoochee River bridge is highlighted at the top of the map below. Troupville Boat Ramp is just to its left, on the Little River, and US 41 Landing at the Withlacoochee River bridge is at the very top.
I’ve marked all these WWALS “beaches” green on Swim Guide.
We don’t have a “beach” for US 41, but apparently we need to add one.
Maybe we should add one for GA 133, as well, although I’ve never heard of anyone actually putting in there.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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