Clean rivers again 2021-10-07

2021-10-15: Good Little, Withlacoochee Rivers, bad Alapaha River 2021-10-14.

Another clean week on the Little, Alapaha, and Withlacoochee Rivers, according to all the water quality test results we have. So happy swimming, boating, and fishing!

There was some rain today, which could wash some contamination into the rivers. But it wasn’t nearly as much rain as before previous contamination events.

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

And the water levels are coming down to where they should be just right for WWALS Boomerang paddle race, coming up in two weeks at State Line Boat Ramp.


Upstream data from Valdosta through Wednesday concurs with WWALS data farther upstream and downstream: all clean Thursday.

[Chart: Clean rivers again 2021-10-07]
Chart: Clean rivers again 2021-10-07

For context and the rest of the WWALS composite spreadsheet of water quality test results and rainfall, see:

So for all the datapoints we’ve got, I’ve marked green on Swim Guide. Some of the other WWALS “beaches” show yellow for historical occasional contamination, but right now they are probably also clean.

[Map: Clean Rivers again, Swim Guide 2021-10-07]
Map: Clean Rivers again, Swim Guide 2021-10-07

Thanks to the WWALS testers:

  • Elizabeth Brunner for the GA 122 sites:
    • Folsom Bridge Landing on the Little River
    • Hagan Bridge Landing on the Withlacoochee River
    • Lakeland Boat Ramp on the Alapaha River
  • Michael and Jacob Bachrach for the downstream Withlacoochee River sites:
    • Knights Ferry Boat Ramp
    • Nankin Boat Ramp
    • State Line Boat Ramp @ GA 31

Thanks to Joe Brownlee and Georgia Power for a generous grant for water quality testing equipment and materials.

Thanks to Valdosta PIO Ashlyn Johnson for updating the Valdosta results.

We have no new results from Madison Health.

There are more images on the WWALS website.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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