Madison Health lifts Withlacoochee River Health Advisory 2022-07-29

Update 2022-08-05: Rivers probably OK water quality 2022-08-04.

Madison Health has lifted its Health Advisory for the Withlacoochee River, after two days of good results.

Crossed in the email: that came in while I was finishing Good Water Quality, Withlacoochee, Little, Alapaha Rivers 2022-07-28.

[Advisory Lifted, Underlying Data 2022-07-29]
Advisory Lifted, Underlying Data 2022-07-29

The FDOH data is not yet in floridadep.gov/dear/watershed-monitoring-section/content/suwannee-river-basin-sampling-locations, but Lisa B. Hayes of Madison Health emailed them to us, and here they are in the WWALS composite spreadsheet, along with the Valdosta and WWALS results for Wednesday and Thursday.

[Valdosta, WWALS, and Madison Health water quality results 2022-07-27, 2022-07-28]
Valdosta, WWALS, and Madison Health water quality results 2022-07-27, 2022-07-28
For context and the entire WWALS composite spreadsheet of water quality results, rainfall, and sewage spills, see:
https://wwals.net/issues/testing

Lifted

[Withlacoochee River LIFT 2022-07-29]
Withlacoochee River LIFT 2022-07-29
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July 29, 2022

WITHLACOOCHEE RIVER WATER MEETS
WATER QUALITY STANDARDS

Contact:
DOH-Madison
Lisa Hayes
Lisa.Hayes@flhealth.gov
850-973-5000

Madison, FL —

On July 25, 2022, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) released a precautionary press release regarding elevated fecal bacteria levels south of Valdosta, Georgia in the Withlacoochee River which flows into the Florida Suwannee River. DOH, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Suwanee River Water Management District have been monitoring the situation closely by evaluating water test results collected by DEP along the Withlacoochee River in Florida. All samples were below Florida’s water quality standards or advisory levels for fecal indicators.

DOH will continue to observe and evaluate any future water quality results provided by the City of Valdosta.

Past and future Florida sample results can be viewed on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection site: floridadep.gov/dear/watershed-monitoring-section/content/suwannee-river-basin-sampling-locations.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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Here’s a revised Swim Guide map, which shows Madison Blue Spring as green, since FDOH’s FL 6 test site is only a few hundred feet upstream from there.

[Map: Good Withlacoochee River, Swim Guide, 2022-07-28]
Map: Good Withlacoochee River, Swim Guide, 2022-07-28

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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