Update 2022-06-24: Bad Knights Ferry, Withlacoochee River 2022-06-23.
All WWALS Thursday samples tested clean. But Valdosta got very bad Wednesday results for US 41 and GA 133 on the Withlacoochee River. Maybe that has gotten diluted by now. But I’d avoid US 41, Langdale Park Boat Ramp, and downstream on the Withlacoochee from Troupville Boat Ramp for this weekend.
Elsewhere, happy boating, swimming, and fishing, so far as we can tell.
For example, come up to Reed Bingham State Park tomorrow (Saturday) for Juneteenth, where WWALS will be getting children (and adults) into boats, some for their first time.
What happened at US 41 and GA 133? No sewage spills have been reported in Georgia or Florida in the Suwannee River Basin. There was some scattered rain upstream. Maybe that washed something into the river. There are a few cattle farms upstream from there, and several horse farms, probably plus wild hogs. Or maybe the old chronic no-rain dumping problem is back.
I don’t know why Madison Blue Spring SP keeps showing up as red; we have no recent results there. I will ask Swim Guide.
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 Gus Cleary for Cleary Bluff, downstream of Allen Ramp, near the Withlacoochee River Confluence.
Everybody else is off this week.
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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