Clean Rivers again 2022-05-19

Update 2022-05-28: Clean All Rivers 2022-05-26.

Happy swimming, fishing, and boating on the Little, Withlacoochee, and Alapaha Rivers this weekend.

There has been no rain and no sewage spills reported in the Suwannee River Basin in Georgia or Florida. All WWALS sampling sites tested clean. No significant rain is predicted, so no cattle manure is likely to wash down Okapilco Creek, nor even much trash down Sugar Creek. So this is about as unqualified as we can get on a positive river quality report.

[Chart, River, Swim Guide]
Chart, River, Swim Guide

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 Jacob and Michael Bachrach for their three downstream Withlacoochee River sites, 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.

It looks like the TREPO crew will be back in a week or so, testing on the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers.

We don’t have anything from Valdosta since last Friday.

[Clean Rivers, Charts 2022-05-09]
Clean Rivers, Charts 2022-05-09
For context and the entire WWALS composite spreadsheet of water quality results, rainfall, and sewage spills, see:

Both Monday a week ago and the Wednesday before that, Valdosta got bad results at GA 133. Looks like whoever was dumping upstream from there is doing it again. But even that never showed up in downstream results, presumably getting diluted quickly. And two days later, Valdosta’s tests at GA 133 were OK.

[Bad Ga 133, Charts 2022-05-09]
Bad Ga 133, Charts 2022-05-09

I’ve marked all the WWALS “beaches” green on Swim Guide.

[Map: Clean Rivers, Swim Guide 2022-05-19]
Map: Clean Rivers, Swim Guide 2022-05-19

There are more pictures 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:

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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