Update 2022-01-21: Bad Withlacoochee River water quality 2022-01-20.
Rains last weekend got contamination into the Withlacoochee River upstream at US 84, still showing up Wednesday in Valdosta results. But all the WWALS results for Thursday and downstream Wednesday showed acceptable low levels of E. coli.
So I’d paddle and fish in the Withlacoochee River today. Not so sure about swimming: it’s cold.
As you can see, Valdosta got bad results at US 84 for both Monday and Wednesday.
Thanks to the WWALS skeleton crew for testing this week.
Elizabeth Brunner tested from Folsom Bridge at GA 122 on the Little River.
She tested at Hagan Bridge Landing @ GA 122 on the Withlacoochee River.
And she tested at Lakeland Boat Ramp @ GA 122 on the Alapaha River.
Gus Cleary tested at Cleary Bluff, downstream of Allen Ramp, on the Withlacoochee River. The water was at the seventh step, which probably means something, but I don’t know what.
So US 84 is still red on Swim Guide. Many other “beaches” are yellow for no recent data.
Thanks to Joe Brownlee and Georgia Power for a generous grant for water quality testing equipment and materials.
You or your organization could also donate to the WWALS volunteer water quality testing program.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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