Bad at GA-FL Line: Health Alert, Withlacoochee River 2021-08-31

Update 2021-09-03: Filthy upstream Little, Withlacoochee Rivers, clean downstream 2021-09-02.

Madison County, Florida, Health Department got very bad E. coli results for its Tuesday sample at Horn Bridge just north of the GA-FL line on the Withlacoochee River. And today, Thursday, Madison Health issued a Health Advisory.

[Chart, Alert]
Chart, Alert

The usual alert limit for E. coli is 1,000 cfu/100 mL, and this Tuesday result is more than three times that.

As you can see in the chart, there was not much rain upstream beforehand to wash anything into the river. Seems like something different than usual got into the Withlacoochee River.

[Very bad E. coli at State Line 2021-08-31]
Very bad E. coli at State Line 2021-08-31
For context and the entire WWALS composite spreadsheet of water quality results and rainfall, see:

We do have one new WWALS result since we last reported: WWALS tester Tasha Ekman LaFace is back in action, and she got a zero for E. coli at Naylor Park Beach on the Alapaha River, just downstream from Naylor Boat Ramp and before the US 84 bridge, on the Alapaha River Water Trail.

Here’s the Madison Health Alert:

[Health Alert, Withlacoochee River Alert 2021-09-02]
Health Alert, Withlacoochee River Alert 2021-09-02

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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