Update 2022-04-02: Surprisingly Clean Withlacoochee River 2022-04-01.
Swimming, fishing, boating, not recommended on the Withlacoochee River this weekend, due to E. coli tested by WWALS at Nankin and State Line Boat Ramps for Thursday. It may all wash away soon, or it may not.
Also note that after the previous weekend’s heavy rains, Valdosta tested high Fecal coliform upstream at US 41 and GA 133. Probably that will also show up in Valdosta Friday results when we get them. In between, Valdosta upstream results were OK, but then it rained hard Wednesday and Thursday.
There was also one sewage spill reported this week, for Thursday, in Starke, Florida, in the Santa Fe River Basin, but that’s so far upstream through multiple lakes that it probably won’t affect any rivers.
City of Starke March 24 2022 SSO
Incident # 20221845
Incident Name City of Starke March 24 2022 SSO
Incident Report City of Starke had two SSO of overflowing manholes. One at SR 16 and N. Water St intersection. The other was at 611 N. Water St. An estimate of release of untreated domestic wastewater and storm water. Area was cleaned up and lime applied. Also signage of sewer spill was putout at area of spill.
Report Date/Time 3/25/2022, 6:35 AM
Facility Name City of Starke
Facility Address Line 1 P.O. Drwaer C
Facility Address Line 2
Facility City Starke
Facility State FL
Facility ZIP 32091
Contact Name Kyle Jerrels
Contact Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone # 9049303016
Affected Counties Bradford
If any of it got into Alligator Creek, that goes into Lake Rowell, Lake Sampson, Sampson River, Santa Fe River, Suwannee River, Gulf of Mexico.
Thanks to WWALS tester Elizabeth Brunner for her three sites along GA 122.
Thanks to WWALS tester Gus Cleary, who tested Wednesday evening at Cleary Bluff, downstream from Allen Ramp.
He photographed a river of bees.
Nankin and State Line Boat Ramps show up read on Swim Guide.
Thanks to Joe Brownlee and Georgia Power for a generous grant for water quality testing equipment and materials.
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