Update 2022-06-03: Clean Rivers 2022-06-02.
All tested sites Thursday were clean on five rivers: Little, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, Ichetucknee, and Santa Fe Rivers. No sewage spills have been reported in Georgia or Florida in the Suwannee River Basin for the last week. It hasn’t rained much, and no rain is predicted for the weekend.
So happy boating, swimming, and fishing this weekend!
The most recent results we have from Valdosta are for Monday upstream and Wednesday of last week downstream. Those were all clean, too.
Thanks to Elizabeth Brunner for her three GA 122 sites: 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 Withlacoochee River sites: Knights Ferry Boat Ramp, Nankin Boat Ramp, and State Line Boat Ramp. With no rain, no cattle manure washed down Okapilco Creek into the river.
Thanks to Gus Cleary for Cleary Bluff, downstream of Allen Ramp, near the Withlacoochee River Confluence.
Thanks to Pam Thomas, Linda Dicker, and the rest of the TREPO crew for their three sites: Hodor Park and Point Park on the Ichetucknee River, and TREPO Columbia County Park on the Santa Fe River. Those are all private parks for Three Rivers Property Owners (TREPO) and their guests. They are not yet on Swim Guide, but we will probably add them as testing stabilizes for them. You’d hope the Ichetucknee River, spring-fed as it is, would always be clean, but there are septic tanks next to it, and it’s good to test it and see.
Thanks to Suzy Hall for herding the testing cats.
Thanks to Gretchen Quarterman for training all the testers.
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.
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-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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