Update 2022-02-18: Rivers very clean 2022-02-17.
Good news again: all recent tests on the Little, Alapaha, and Withlacoochee Rivers were clean. Happy boating, fishing, and swimming this weekend.
There was one sewage spill reported: 100,000 gallons on February 5 from Ashburn’s MLK Lift Station on Ashburn Branch, upstream from the Little River. Cause: Pipe failure. That’s better than “wet weather” for the other two Ashburn spills this year: those went into the Alapaha River Basin. As usual, no E. coli showed up downstream, presumably because Ashburn is so far upstream.
Could people please stop shooting up, stealing, and painting over the WWALS water trail signs. Knights Ferry Boat Ramp continues to be the worst for that, with Nankin Boat Ramp a close second. Although Folsom Bridge Landing on the Little River is missing all its water trail signs.
Thanks to Michael and Jacob Bachrach for testing for WWALS Thursday, and also last Thursday, at Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps on the Withlacoochee River.
Thanks to Gus Cleary for testing Wednesday evening downstream of Allen Branch at Cleary Bluff.
Thanks to Elizabeth Brunner for testing upstream Thursday at GA 122, at Folsom Bridge on the Little River, Hagan Bridge on the Withlacoochee River, and Lakeland Boat Ramp on the Alapaha River.
Thanks to WWALS Testing Chair Suzy Hall for herding the cats.
Valdosta’s Mondy upstream tests were also pretty clean, as were their tests last week.
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.
Or maybe you’d like to become a WWALS water quality tester; please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/DzWvJuXqTQi12N6v7
So I’ve set green on all the recently-tested WWALS “beaches” on Swim Guide.
More river and chart images are on the WWALS website.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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