Update 2020-02-06: Clean Forty Miles, Withlacoochee River 2021-02-04.
All my Sunday tests, from Spook Bridge (just below US 84) to State Line, were good, well below the 410 cfu/100 mL one-time E. coli limit. Spook Bridge and State Line were below the 126 average limit. But there are two catches: rain and downstream. So I wouldn’t go boating, swimming, or fishing until I see more test results. The Madison and Hamilton Health bacterial advisory is still in effect, and will probably remain so until they see two sets of clean Florida tests.
The catch: the contamination Suzy Hall’s Sunday WWALS test still showed Saturday at State Line must have washed downstream. We have no new tests from Madison Health yet. They probably tested today (Tuesday), so maybe we’ll get those tomorrow.
Much Better from Spook Bridge to State Line
For context and the entire WWALS composite spreadsheet of Georgia and Florida water quality results, rainfall, and spills, see:
The other catch: it was raining cats and dogs as I drove back from collecting samples, and that new rain may have washed new contamination into the river. Valdosta tested yesterday (Monday); maybe those results will show something interesting.
So Swim Guide shows all green now, because you see the latest data we have, and that’s what I used to update Swim Guide.
Some river and plate pictures are below.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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