Valdosta data: Quitman sewage spill, Okapilco Creek, Withlacoochee River

Update 2020-12-19: Bad Knights Ferry Thursday, Withlacoochee River 2020-12-17.

Valdosta’s downstream test results show the Withlacoochee River still clean on the day of the Quitman sewage spill, Wednesday, December 9, and on that Friday and Monday, just as Madison Health and WWALS results showed for the Friday.

[Clean downstream, and likely spill sites]
Clean downstream, and likely spill sites

Valdosta did show quite high E. coli on Okapilco Creek at US 84 for the Friday, higher than WWALS saw on the Saturday.

If the spill location really was the South Highland Road Lift Station, maybe it took a few days for the contamination to ooze Okapilco Creek.

[With Valdosta & FDEP downstream, Quitman spill]
With Valdosta & FDEP downstream, Quitman spill
For context and the entire WWALS composite spreadsheet of Georgia and Florida water quality results, rainfall, and spills, see:

In any case, it’s good that the Withlacoochee River stayed clean at Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps, and presumably downstream into Florida.

[Map: Quitman lift station S. Highland Rd.]
Map: Quitman lift station S. Highland Rd.
in the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.

Thanks to Valdosta PIO Ashlyn Johnson for publishing the Valdosta data.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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