Update 2023-01-20: Mostly Clean Rivers 2023-01-19.
All three rivers tested clean in WWALS results for Thursday. And no new sewage spills have been reported in the Suwannee River Basin in Florida or Georgia.
However, it also rained later Thursday, more than half an inch at almost every gauge we follow.
So, by the test results, happy fishing, swimming, and boating this weekend. If you like cold.
But remember that rain of more than half an inch often washes contamination into the rivers, such as happened from Beatty Branch, Cat Creek, and Sugar Creek last Friday.
Personally, I’d pick the Alapaha or the Suwannee River for this weekend. Although with the predicted freeze, I’m not paddling this weekend.
The most recent results we have from Valdosta are from Friday a week ago.
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 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 remain red because we have no new Valdosta results.
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®