Update 2022-12-09: Almost clean rivers 2022-12-08.
All test results good, no rain, no sewage spill reports: happy fishing, swimming, and boating this weekend!
I hate to be right, but when I warned last Friday that the rain the day before would probably wash contamination into the creeks and rivers, Valdosta’s testing that Friday caught the contamination. US 41, GA 133, and even US 84 showed far too much E. coli, with Fecal coliform at US 41 and GA 133 ten times the E. coli. Knights Ferry also showed E. coli higher than the one-time test limit.
By the time WWALS tested Sunday, most of that had already washed downstream or gotten diluted. We did still see high results at Franklinville and Langdale Park on the Withlacoochee River, and at several creek locations.
For this Thursday, thanks to new tester Kimberly Tanner for her results at Naylor Beach on the Alapaha River, just upstream from US 84. Thanks to WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman for training her and accompanying her on her first in-the-field test.
Thanks to Elizabeth Brunner for her usual three GA 122 locations: Folsom Bridge on the Little River, Hagan Bridge on the Withlacoochee River, and Lakeland Boat Ramp on the Alapaha River.
Thanks to Michael and Jacob Bachrach for their three sites: Troupville Boat Ramp on the Little River, and Nankin and State Line Boat Ramps on the Withlacoochee River.
Thanks to WWALS Testing Committee Chair Suzy Hall for herding the testing cats.
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®