Update 2023-01-06: Bad Upstream: Little and Withlacoochee Rivers 2023-01-05.
WWALS tests for Thursday upstream and downstream, and Valdosta upstream tests for Wednesday agree: clean Little, Withlacoochee, and Alapaha Rivers.
There was some rain last night, but probably not enough to wash much contamination into the rivers.
So happy swimming, fishing, and boating for New Years!
Two pollution spills have been reported this week.
On Sunday, December 18, 2022 (reported more than a week later on December 27), Ashburn, Georgia, spilled 3,000 gallons of sewage from their MLK Lift Station into Ashburn Branch, which flows into the Little River. But that’s too little and too far upstream to affect the river. Ashburn’s excuse: power failure. Maybe they should invest in a backup generator.
On Monday, December 26, 2022, the Chemours Trail Ridge South Mine southeast of Starke, Florida, spilled some unknown amount of not exactly sure what, at the top edge of the Santa Fe River Basin. Their excuse? Cold weather.
More on those spills later in separate posts. Continue reading