Update 2021-02-26: Nothing obvious attributable to the Tifton spills in downstream water quality monitoring, and Very clean Thursday, Withlacoochee River 2021-02-25.
Tifton, we have a problem. Tifton, do you read?
Two days after Tifton’s three sewage spills Tuesday last week, Tifton spilled five times more the following Thursday, February 18, 2021. Two of the new locations were the same or across the street from ones two days before. North Ridge Street and Agrirama Lake have been chronic spill sites for years.
Tifton, can you clean up your act, please? Tifton, do you read?
Once again (magenta circle) from the Agrirama above the Little River, and four times in the New River Basin:
- again at 414 E. 16th Street,
- on North Ridge Avenue across from the last one (red for new, yellow for the last one), next to Park Avenue Creek,
- south past the end of N Ridge Ave. at 325 W. 16th Street, next to the New River,
- and over to the east at 1434 Sutton Circle, also next to the New River.
As previously noted, Tifton has spilled several times before on N Ridge Ave., and Agrirama Lake is a chronic spill site.
Here’s the list that showed up in the GA-EPD Sewage Spills Report, this Tuesday, February 23, three working days and five calendar days later.
And in table form for ease of searching.
|Tifton, City of (New River WPCP)||2021-02-18||Tift||Tifton||1392 Whiddon Mill Rd.||16,560||Raw Sewage||GA0048470||Collection System||Wet weather||Suwannee||Agrirama Lake|
|Tifton, City of (New River WPCP)||2021-02-18||Tift||Tifton||2407 N. Ridge Ave||16,920||Raw Sewage||GA0048470||Collection System||Wet weather||Suwannee||Unnamed tributary to New River|
|Tifton, City of (New River WPCP)||2021-02-18||Tift||Tifton||1434 Sutton Circle||7,200||Raw Sewage||GA0048470||Collection System||Wet weather||Suwannee||Unnamed tributary to New River|
|Tifton, City of (New River WPCP)||2021-02-18||Tift||Tifton||325 W. 16th St.||1,000||Raw Sewage||GA0048470||Collection System||Wet weather||Suwannee||Unnamed tributary to New River|
|Tifton, City of (New River WPCP)||2021-02-18||Tift||Tifton||414 E. 18th St.||3,800||Raw Sewage||GA0048470||Collection System||Wet weather||Suwannee||Unnamed tributary to New River|
Once again we’ll probably find nothing in downstream water quality monitoring, on the Little River or on the Withlacoochee River below the New River, that can be linked to these Tifton spills, because nobody is testing near Tifton.
We could use some volunteers to do that.
You can sign up here to get trained:
It would be good to know if, for instance, any of this Tifton sewage is reaching Reed Bingham State Park Lake.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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