Update 2022-10-21: Clean water quality, Withlacoochee, Little, Alapaha, Rivers 2022-10-20.
Looks good for fishing, swimming, and boating this weekend.
WWALS downstream water quality results for Thursday on the Withlacoochee were good. WWALS upstream tests were OK. Monday Valdosta upstream results were OK. No new sewage spills have been reported in the Suwannee River Basin in Georgia or Florida.
Valdosta detected something for Wednesday and Friday last week at US 41 and GA 133, when there was no rain. That could have been more contamination coming from Cat Creek and Beatty Branch. Whatever the source, why with no rain?
If we get more rain, WWALS will test upstream and see what we can catch.
Background Fecal coliform was high but E. coli was within acceptable limits in Elizabeth Brunner’s upstream GA 122 results for Folsom Bridge on the Little River, Hagan Bridge on the Withlacoochee River, and Lakeland Boat Ramp on the Alapaha River.
Fecal coliform was also high downstream in the three Withlacoochee sites by Jacob Bachrach (pictured at Nankin Boat Ramp) and Michael Bachrach, but E. coli was even lower, also at Knights Ferry and State Line Boat Ramps.
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®