Update 2021-06-27: Cattle and hogs: Withlacoochee River water quality status 2021-06-27.
Going by WWALS water quality testing results for Thursday, it’s best to stay off the Withlacoochee River, and maybe the Alapaha River, for a few more days.
Very unusual: too-high E. coli on the Alapaha River, at Willacoochee Landing on GA 135 in Atkinson County, Georgia. Thanks to WWALS tester Valerie Folsom. There was a lot of rain upstream in the previous few days, which make me wonder about the city of Alapaha’s wastewater treatment plant.
Unfortunately expected: way-high E. coli on the Withlacoochee River, at Knights Ferry Boat Ramp, downstream of Okapilco Creek, with many thousand cattle in Brooks County, Georgia. Thanks to WWALS tester Michael Bachrach. Don’t be surprised if Quitman had a spill and gets around to reporting it about a week later.
Somewhat puzzling: downstream on the Withlacoochee results range from acceptable to clean as a whistle at Cleary Bluff, between Allen Ramp and the Suwannee River. Thaks to WWALS tester Gus Cleary. Even with the river high and fast after the recent rains, it takes a little while for the contamination to wash downstream. Three inches of rain fell in Brooks County Thursday, so don’t be surprised if things get dirty downstream.
We have no new data upstream of Knights Ferry, because we had a technical glitch with upstream WWALS tests.
Meanwhile, Valdosta has posted nothing newer than for Monday. They did catch up to last week with the downstream data, which corroborated what we already knew from WWALS tests.
The Tuesday too-high Madison Health result for the state line still has not appeared on the FDEP website.
So Swim Guide shows a red spot at Knights Ferry, while State Line is green again. On the inset, Allen Ramp is green, because of the Cleary Bluff result. We don’t know about anything in between, because Madison Health did not test there. There’s no inset map for US 41, GA 133, and Troupville Boat Ramp, because we have no new data for those.
There are more images on the WWALS website.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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