Update 2021-03-19: Clean week despite rain, Withlacoochee River 2021-03-18.
A rare simple all clear for Withlacoochee River water quality: all good for boating, swimming, and fishing.
We seldom see test plates this clean. Gus Cleary got zero (0) E. coli colonies on any of his three test plates for Thursday, March 11, 2021. They don’t look much different from his control plate. Most importantly: no blue colonies with bubbles. That’s at his place downstream of Allen Landing.
Also for Thursday, Madison Health also got very clean results at State Line, Sullivan Launch, and Florida 6.
Upstream, the most recent we have from Valdosta is for Monday, but that was all clear at US 41, GA 133, and US 84. Since there has been no rain all week, probably the Withlacoochee River remains clean.
On Swim Guide, Knights Ferry and Nankin Boat Ramps show up as don’t know, because we have no tests more recent than Valdosta’s Friday a week ago. None of our usual WWALS testers were not available Thursday; sorry about that.
Most likely Knights Ferry and Nankin are also clean. It’s a good weekend to paddle, fish, and swim in the Withlacoochee River!
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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