Clean Rivers 2022-05-05

Update 2022-05-13: Withlacoochee, Little, Alapaha, Ichetucknee, Santa Fe all clean 2022-05-12.

Another clean river week! All the WWALS test results for Thursday and Wednesday are good.

It did just rain cats and dogs, but only briefly. We can’t know yet, but my guess is there wasn’t enough rain to wash much contamination into the rivers, not even down Okapilco Creek. I would paddle this weekend, or swim, or fish.

[Chart, Rivers, Swim Guide]
Chart, Rivers, Swim Guide

If you’re not doing that, come on down to the Salty Snapper for the WWALS Withlacoochee River cleanup.

[Clean Rivers, Charts 2022-05-05]
Clean Rivers, Charts 2022-05-05
For context and the complete WWALS composite spreadsheet of water quality and rainfall data, see: https://wwals.net/issues/testing

The most recent we have from Valdosta is from last Friday upstream, and Wednesday a week ago downstream, but those corroborate last week’s WWALS results. So we expect Valdosta’s results for this week will also corroborate the WWALS results for this week. I do wonder why Valdosta bothers sampling and testing if they’re not going to publish the results in a timely manner so people can make use of them.

Thanks to Elizabeth Brunner for her three GA 122 Thursday samples, from Folsom Bridge on the Little River, Hagan Bridge on the Withlacoochee River, and Lakeland Boat Ramp on the Alapaha River.

Thanks to Michael and Jacob Bachrach for their three Thursday downstream Withlacoochee River samples, at Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps.

Thanks to Gus Cleary for his farther downstream Withlacoochee River sample at Cleary Bluff, downstream from Allen Ramp.

I’ve marked all the WWALS “beaches” for which we have recent data green on Swim Guide.

[Map: Clean Rivers, Swim Guide 2022-05-05]
Map: Clean Rivers, Swim Guide 2022-05-05

There are more images on the WWALS website.

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

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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