Update 2021-06-19: Clean eleven sites: Withlacoochee, Little, and Alapaha Rivers 2021-06-17.
All clear again on the Withlacoochee River, as far as we can tell, which is from US 41 at North Valdosta Road down almost to the Suwannee River. Valdosta’s results for Friday, Monday, and Wednesday at US 41, GA 133, and US 84 concur.
Also Troupville Boat Ramp on the Little River, and Willacoochee Landing @ GA 135 on the Alapaha River were clean Thursday. Of course, if the predicted rains arrive, they could wash something into the rivers.
But for now, by the recent water quality results we have, happy boating, swimming, and fishing!
All the WWALS results for Thursday, June 10, 2021, were well below the 410 cfu/100 mL one-time sample limit, and most were below the 126 average limit. Thanks to Bobby McKenzie for testing at US 41 and GA 133 on the Withlacoochee River, as well as at Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps, plus Troupville Boat Ramp on the Little River.
Thanks to Gus Cleary for samping at Cleary Bluff, which is between Allen Ramp and the Suwannee River on the Withlacoochee. All those sites are on the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.
And thanks to new tester Valerie Folsom for testing Willacoochee Landing @ GA 135 on the Alapaha River Wednesday, in the Alapaha River Water Trail.
Thanks to WWALS Testing Committee Chair Suzy Hall for reviewing all the plates.
And thanks to Valdosta PIO Ashlyn Johnson for getting at least the upstream Valdosta data on the Valdosta website in a timely manner. The downstream Valdosta data continues to lag two weeks behind.
On Swim Guide, everything is green, except those sites where we have no recent data. Those other “beaches” mostly show yellow for historically there have been water quality issues there sometimes.
Valerie Folsom’s Willacoochee Landing is not yet on Swim Guide as a “beach”, but you can see where it is in the upper right of the map, between Willacoochee in Atkinson County and Nashville in Berrien County.
Happy boating, swimming, and fishing!
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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