Update 2021-04-28: Bad upstream, too: Withlacoochee River water quality 2021-04-26.
It’s best to stay off the Withlacoochee River for a few days, with bacterial counts this high in the samples WWALS testers Michael and Jacob Bachrach took yesterday (Monday). This is not a good time for boating, fishing, or swimming in the river.
Probably Madison Health tested today, and we may see results via FDEP tomorrow. But at least until then, better safe than sorry.
This river contamination is most likely the usual cattle manure (and plus some wild hog manure) washed into the creeks and rivers by the Saturday rain. It is almost certainly not from the tiny FOG spill Valdosta had Friday. Continue reading