Update 2022-03-11: Bad Knights Ferry heading downstream 2022-03-10.
All WWALS water quality tests are good for Thursday, including zero E. coli at Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps, on the Withlacoochee River thanks to Michael and Jacob Bachrach. Elizabeth Brunner for her three GA 122 sites got 133 cfu/100 mL at Hagan Bridge on the Withlacoochee River, still well within acceptable bounds, and zero at Folsom Bridge on the Little River and zero at Lakeland Boat Ramp on the Alapaha River.
Valdosta tests for Friday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at US 41, GA 133, and US 84 were also well within bounds; thanks to Scott Fowler for publishing those today.
So all the tests we have say all clear for boating, fishing, and swimming this weekend. With no rain, no E. coli to speak of has washed into the rivers. With no rain predicted for many days, nothing should.
No sewage spills have been reported in Georgia in the past week.
In Florida, CSX spilled some oil on rail ballast in Bradford County, but it didn’t go anywhere.
And back on February 2, I just noticed this happened, in High Springs in Alachua County, in the Santa Fe River Basin:
Incident # 20221262
Incident Name SSO 2022-1262
Incident Report Incident Description: Construction truck parked on valve and caused it to crack. Dug down to lateral and repaired. Cleanup completed at 15:00. Wastewater Type: Untreated Cause: Accident Spill Volume: 300 Volume Recovered: 100 Waterbodies Impacted: N Clean-up Status: Complete Clean-up Actions: Vacuumed/pump truck, Applied lime, Signs posted Agencies Notified: Alachua DEP, Two-Fold
Report Date/Time 3/2/2022, 9:44 AM
Facility Name High Springs WWTF
Facility Address Line 1 Southwest 25th Avenue
Facility Address Line 2
Facility Directions Southwest 25th Avenue
Facility City High Springs
Facility State FL
Facility ZIP 32643
Contact Name Richard Cason
Contact Email email@example.com
Contact Phone # 3522582763
Affected Counties Alachua
None of that should affect any rivers in the Suwannee River Basin this weekend.
So I’ve set green on Swim Guide for all the WWALS “beaches” for which we have data. Some remain green because we have no recent reports that they should not be.
Thanks to Joe Brownlee and Georgia Power for a generous grant for water quality testing equipment and materials.
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-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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