Update 2021-06-04: Clean Rivers 2021-06-03.
No rain has produced a quite low but clean Withlacoochee River. It’s fortunate WWALS testers sampled Wednesday and Thursday, so it looks like the Withlacoochee River remains about as clean as we’ve ever seen it. Happy boating, fishing, and swimming!
The last results we have from Valdosta are for upstream on Wednesday. They got slightly higher results at US 41 than did WWALS tester Bobby McKenzie, yet lower at GA 133.
Bobby stood on a sand bar to get this picture and a water sample.
At Troupville Boat Ramp on the Little River, slightly upstream from the Withlacoochee, Bobby’s sample yielded four E. coli colonies, so 4 * 100 / 3 = 133 cfu/100 mL. That’s well within the one-time sample limit.
WWALS testers Jacob and Michael Bachrach tested at Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps, and got zero for all three. Yay! The last Madison Health results we have are for last week, so it’s good WWALS tested.
Finally, Gus Cleary tested at Cleary Bluff for WWALS, and also got zero. That’s downstream from Allen Ramp, and near the Withlacoochee River Confluence with the Suwannee River.
So, good water quality news this week!
We’ll do some forensics for recent weeks in later posts, now that we finally have Valdosta downstream data for those weeks.
Meanwhile, Swim Guide is mostly green.
Some of the middle Withlacoochee Florida locations are historic yellow, because we don’t have any new data for them since last week. They’re probably clean, too. We just do not have recent data to confirm that.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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