Daily Archives: November 4, 2022

Creek and river water quality problems 2022-11-03

Update 2022-11-11: Good river water quality, but rain 2022-11-10.

Downstream of the Little River Confluence should be fine for boating, swimming, or fishing in the Withlacoochee River this weekend, and apparently same for the Little and Alapaha Rivers.

On the Withlacoochee River, I got a high E. coli result at Langdale Park Boat Ramp, but there’s not enough water to paddle there anyway.

No new sewer spills have been reported in the Suwannee River Basin in Georgia or Florida.

[Chart, Creeks and Rivers, Swim Guide 2022-11-03]
Chart, Creeks and Rivers, Swim Guide 2022-11-03

WWALS tested 23 sites yesterday: the usual 1 on the Alapaha River, 2 on the Little River, and 9 on the Withlacoochee River and 11 on its upstream creeks Cat Creek, Beatty Branch, and Beaverdam Creek, plus Sugar Creek.

We are trying to find the source of the high E. coli Valdosta keeps finding at US 41 and GA 133 on the Withlacoochee River. Continue reading

Which Withlacoochee River bridge is highest? 2022-11-03

Hint: the answer is not Tyler Bridge on Franklinville Road.

Which of the other three Withlacoochee River Bridges is highest? GA 133? US 41 (North Valdosta Road)? Or Skipper Bridge?

[Four Withlacoochee River bridges]
Four Withlacoochee River bridges

How do I know? I threw a bucket off each bridge, and dragged it back up twice with water in it.

[GA 133 Bridge, Bucket, Withlacoochee River downstream, 11:22:43, 30.8499525, -83.3397189]
GA 133 Bridge, Bucket, Withlacoochee River downstream, 11:22:43, https://www.google.com/maps/@30.8499525,-83.3397189,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

[Bucket and Withlacoochee River @ US 41, 12:44:05, 30.8927, -83.3188]
Bucket and Withlacoochee River @ US 41, 12:44:05, https://www.google.com/maps/@30.8927000,-83.3188000,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

[Withlacoochee River @ Skipper Bridge, 13:36:02, 30.948960, -83.271931]
Withlacoochee River @ Skipper Bridge, 13:36:02, https://www.google.com/maps/@30.9489600,-83.2719310,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

[Franklinville Landing, 13:53:21, 30.98128 -83.2680]
Franklinville Landing, 13:53:21, 30.98128 -83.2680

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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Headliner Sweet William Billy Ennis @ Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest 2022-08-20

Thanks, Sweet William Billy Ennis, for winning last year and returning this year to headline the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest.

[Dying Man Blues --Sweet William Billy Ennis]
Dying Man Blues –Sweet William Billy Ennis

Here’s a WWALS video playlist: Continue reading