Update 2022-04-15: Clean Rivers 2022-04-15.
Best to avoid the Little, Withlacoochee, and Alapaha Rivers this weekend. In very unusual results, all three were too high in E. coli at GA 122, and the Withlacoochee was way too high at Nankin Boat Ramp.
The Ichetucknee tested clean for Tuesday at TREPO’s Hodor Park.
You might try lakes that are not downstream from likely rivers, such as Banks Lake and Grassy Pond, and maybe Reed Bingham State Park, but we have no data on those lakes.
In good news, no sewage spills have been reported in Georgia or Florida. Of course, certain cities (Quitman, Ashburn) almost always report a week or more late, so stay tuned on that.
The most recent data we have from Valdosta is for Monday upstream, which was before the Wednesday and Thursday rains. So WWALS data is what we have to go on, and the WWALS results are pretty bad.
Thanks to Elizabeth Brunner for her usual three sites on GA 122. She got unusual too-high results for each of them.
Thanks to Michael and Jacob Bachrach for testing at Nankin and State Line Boat Ramps; Knights Ferry was too muddy to get in.
The results at Nankin were way over the 1,000 cfu/100 mL alert level. The best guess for that is the usual source of contamination: cattle manure runoff from Brooks County, Georgia, coming down Okapilco Creek. That can’t explain the GA 122 results, though.
Thanks to Gus Cleary and his turkey for testing at Cleary Bluff, downstream from Allen Ramp. Since he collected his sample Wednesday, apparently the upstream contamination had not gotten there yet.
WWALS testing trainer Gretchen Quarterman trained three new potential testers on the Ichtucknee River at Hodor Park, a private park owned by Three Rivers Estates Property Owners (TREPO). As expected, the Ichetucknee was pretty clean. The new potential testers wonder what will happen in big rains with nearby septic tanks.
Thanks to WWALS Testing Committee Chair Suzy Hall for herding the testing cats.
The four red “beaches” on Swim Guide are easy to see.
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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