Update 2023-02-24: Another Valdosta E. Park Ave. sewage spill, 171,750 gallons 2023-02-20
Update 2023-02-18: Clean rivers 2023-02-16.
This one showed up Tuesday, February 14th in the GA-EPD Sewage Spills Report, reporting a Valdosta spill of the previous Wednesday, February 8, 2023.
The reason given was “Pipe failure”.
The good part is that with only 1,170 gallons spilled, there was probably little effect on Sugar Creek and none to worry about on the Withlacoochee River. Nothing unusual showed up in water quality testing by Valdosta or WWALS for that day or the next two.
Below is a map of the area, and a Google streetview of my best guess of where it was, going by Valdosta’s sloppy week-late report of “1700 block of River St”.
The spill reported location is highlighted towards the bottom right of this map.
Google maps thinks Sugar Creek goes all the way up to Norman Drive, but that’s Hightower Creek, and a branch of it comes down across River Street.
Since the 1700 block could be anywhere from Enterprise Drive to Norman Drive, I picked the manhole right at the creek.
That manhole is where the “bridge“, i.e., culvert, is for the creek.
So that’s three Valdosta sewage spills so far this month.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®