Update 2022-12-31: Clean rivers 2022-12-29.
All the recent WWALS test results are quite clean, for the Little, Withlacoochee, and Alapaha Rivers. There was some rain Tuesday, but not enough on the drought-dry ground to wash much E. coli into the rivers, not even from Cat Creek, Sugar Creek, or Okapilco Creek.
The most recent results we have from Valdosta are for Wednesday a week ago, but they are bad for US 41 and GA 133. There’s not enough water to be boating there anyway, and it’s too cold for fishing or swimming.
So if you do want to brave the freezing weather and paddle, I recommend below the Little River Confluence on the Withlacoochee River, or the Alapaha, Alapahoochee, Suwannee, Santa Fe, or Ichetucknee Rivers.
Thanks to Elizabeth Brunner for her usual three GA 122 Thursday test sites: 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 usual sites: Troupville Boat Ramp on the Little River and Nankin and State Line Boat Ramps on the Withlacoochee River.
Thanks to new tester Kimberly Tanner for her site at Naylor Beach in Naylor Boat Ramp Park at US 84 on the Alapaha River.
Thanks to Suzy Hall for herding the testing cats. Thanks to WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman for training the testers and ordering and delivering testing supplies.
Langdale Park Boat Ramp and GA 133 show yellow, because it’s been so long since Valdosta reported on those that their red results have timed out after a week.
Thanks to Joe Brownlee and Georgia Power for a generous grant for water quality testing equipment and materials.
You or your organization could also donate to the WWALS volunteer water quality testing program.
Or maybe you’d like to become a WWALS water quality tester; please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/DzWvJuXqTQi12N6v7
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-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®