Clean Little River and Withlacoochee River clean again 2021-04-22

Update 2021-04-27: Very bad water quality: Withlacoochee River 2021-04-26.

Clean as a whistle: the start of tomorrow morning’s BIG Little River Paddle Race, Red Roberts Landing at Rountree Bridge, upstream on the Little River from Reed Bingham State Park Lake, according to a Thursday sample by WWALS tester Elizabeth Brunner.

Postponed due to weather to 2PM, Sunday, April 25, 2021: BIG Little River Paddle Race.

And clean Thursday from Knights Ferry to FL-6 on the Withlacoochee River, according to WWALS testers Michael and Jacob Bachrach and Madison Health.

So as far as we can tell, happy paddling, swimming, and fishing!

[Clean week, agate, Withlacoochee River, Little River @ Red Roberts to Suwannee River Clean]
Clean week, agate, Withlacoochee River, Little River @ Red Roberts to Suwannee River Clean

We have nothing from Valdosta for any day since Monday, but that showed clean at US 41, GA 133, and US 84 on the Withlacoochee River.

[Clean Little River @ Red Roberts Landing, Withlacoochee River]
Clean Little River @ Red Roberts Landing, Withlacoochee River
For context and the entire WWALS composite spreadsheet of Georgia and Florida water quality results, rainfall, and spills, see:

Downstream we wish people would stop stealing the water trail signs at Knights Ferry Boat Ramp.

[Knights Ferry Boat Ramp]
Knights Ferry Boat Ramp

We don’t know what the fire was about.

[Random unattended fire at Knights Ferry Boat Ramp]
Random unattended fire at Knights Ferry Boat Ramp

But the plates were completely clean of E. coli colonies.

[Knights Ferry Plate Images 2021-04-22]
Knights Ferry Plate Images 2021-04-22

Somebody stole the bottom water trail sign from Nankin Boat Ramp. We will replace the signs, but they cost money.

[Nankin Boat Ramp]
Nankin Boat Ramp

The Bachrachs found an agate.

[20 million-year-old fossilized coral]
20 million-year-old fossilized coral

That’s what clean water looks like at the state line. No different looking than filthy water, really.

[Stateline Boat Ramp 2021-04-22]
Stateline Boat Ramp 2021-04-22

The state line is actually beyond the bridge.

[Horn Bridge, Stateline Boat Ramp 2021-04-22]
Horn Bridge, Stateline Boat Ramp 2021-04-22

Last Friday, WWALS tester Elizabeth Brunner took samples at three rivers on GA 122, and found them all clean.

[Folsom Bridge: Little River @ GA 122]
Folsom Bridge: Little River @ GA 122

[Upstream from Folsom Bridge]
Upstream from Folsom Bridge

Folsom Bridge is west of Hahira, and Hagan Bridge is east of it; both are on the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.

[Hagan Bridge: Withlacoochee River @ GA 122]
Hagan Bridge: Withlacoochee River @ GA 122

Continue east and just beyond Lakeland is Lakeland Boat Ramp, on the Alapaha River Water Trail.

[Lakeland Boat Ramp: Alapaha River @ GA 122]
Lakeland Boat Ramp: Alapaha River @ GA 122

For Monday, April 12, 2021, we have the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) monthly results for three rivers. Those single points on the Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Suwannee Rivers all tested clean.

[FDEP clean Withlacoochee, Alapaha, Suwannee 2021-04-12]
FDEP clean Withlacoochee, Alapaha, Suwannee 2021-04-12

So the Swim Guide map remains green. Red Roberts Landing is way up at the top left of the map. It’s not marked, but maybe we should add it as a “beach” on Swim Guide.

[Map: Green Swim Guide]
Map: Green Swim Guide

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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