Bad GA 133 for a week, yet good downstream, Withlacoochee River 2020-12-03

Update 2020-12-12: Clean downstream, Withlacoochee River 2020-12-10; odd Gibson Park, Suwannee River 2020-12-05.

Thanks to Madison Health and WWALS testers Josh and Angela Duncan, we have good bacterial water quality results for Thursday at Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps, as well as at Sullivan Launch and FL 6.

This is mysterious, since Valdosta has gotten very high bacterial results at GA 133 for Friday, Monday, and Wednesday. Yet Valdosta got acceptable results downstream at US 84 those same days.

It appears that somebody is still dumping into the Withlacoochee River at or upstream from GA 133. Valdosta says it’s on the case and they’re encouraging everybody else to help find the culprits. Yes, please help.

[Chart and KF Plates]
Chart and KF Plates

Despite all that, according to the water quality results from US 84 downstream all the way to FL 6, I’ve marked all the WWALS “beaches” on Swim Guide green for OK for swimming, fishing, and boating this weekend.

[Bad GA 133 for a week, yet good downstream]
Bad GA 133 for a week, yet good downstream
For context and the entire WWALS composite spreadsheet of Georgia and Florida water quality testing results, see:

Be aware it is raining right now, so more things could wash into the waterways.

We hope it’s nothing worse than what the Duncans saw on these Petrifilms.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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