Clean eleven sites: Withlacoochee, Little, and Alapaha Rivers 2021-06-17

Update 2021-06-23: Health Advisory, Withlacoochee River, bad at GA-FL line after rains 2021-06-22.

All clear up and down the Little, Withlacoochee, and Alapaha Rivers, for Thursday, June 17, 2021. Happy swimming, boating, and fishing!

Rains are predicted for this weekend, so of course conditions could change rapidly, but that’s what we know now.

[Chart, Little, Withlacoochee, Alapaha Rivers, Swim Guide]
Chart, Little, Withlacoochee, Alapaha Rivers, Swim Guide

Thanks to WWALS testers, we have results from eleven locations on three rivers.

  • Valerie Folsom (Willacoochee Landing @ GA 135 in Atkinson County, GA),
  • Elizabeth Brunner (GA 122: Little River @ Folsom Bridge Landing, Withlacoochee River @ Hagan Bridge Landing, Alapaha River @ Lakeland Boat Ramp
  • Bobby McKenzie (Little River @ Troupville Boat Ramp, Withlacoochee River @ US 41 and GA 133)
  • Michael and Jacob Bachrach (Withlacoochee River @ Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps)
  • Gus Cleary (Withlacoochee River @ Cleary Bluff, below Allen Ramp, almost to the Suwannee River)

And of course thanks to WWALS Testing Committee Chair Suzy Hall for organizing and to WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman for training and supplying the testers.

[Clean Three Rivers Chart 2021-06-11-17]
Clean Three Rivers Chart 2021-06-11-17
For context and the entire WWALS composite spreadsheet of Georgia and Florida water quality results, rainfall, and spills, see:

We also have Tuesday clean data from Madison Health via FDEP for State Line. Apparently Madison Health is saving resources by only testing once a week, and only at one site, not also at their usual Sullivan Launch and FL 6.

Thanks to Valdosta PIO Ashlyn Johnson, we have Monday and last Friday upstream data from Valdosta, all clean except for an odd blip at US 41 on Monday. Valdosta’s downstream data continues to lag a week behind, making it not very useful except for forensics.

So Swim Guide shows all green, except for the places for which we have no data.

[All Clear, Swim Guide 2021-06-17]
All Clear, Swim Guide 2021-06-17

Looks like we may need to add a couple of Alapaha River “beaches” to Swim Guide.

There are more pictures on the WWALS website:–wq

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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