Update 2021-03-05: More contamination after big rains, Withlacoochee River 2021-03-04.
The Bachrachs got something we haven’t seen for a long while on the Withlacoochee River: zero E. coli in their water samples at Nankin and State Line Boat Ramps, for Thursday, February 25, 2021. Madison Health got almost as low numbers for the same day at State Line, Sullivan Launch, and FL 6. Madison Health got almost as low numbers for Tuesday, and new WWALS testers Gus Cleary got even lower at NE Withla Bluffs Way downstream from Allen Ramp.
Clean chart, clean plates, State Line, Nankin, Swim Guide
For context and the entire WWALS composite spreadsheet of Georgia and Florida water quality results, rainfall, and spills, see:
Valdosta got clean upstream for last Monday and Friday a week ago, and Michael and Jacob Bachrach and Gus got clean downstream for that Friday.
So this has been a clean week, the cleanest we’ve seen in a long while. Apparently all that rainwater has finally diluted and washed downstream any previous contamination.
Happy boating, fishing, and swimming!
But beware: with the rivers in flood stage, if you’re not an expert, avoid them still. Even if you are an expert, wear your PFD and don’t go alone.
Here is the clean chart for this week so far:
Last week was not so clean, but there’s nothing we can attribute directly to the numerous Tifton spills.
So Swim Guide is all green, except Knights Ferry Boat Ramp, because nobody can get there to sample it.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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