Clean Withlacoochee River 2023-02-23

Update 2023-03-03: Clean Rivers 2023-03-02.

2023-02-28: Yet another Valdosta sewage spill into Knights Creek 2023-02-22.

Happy boating, swimming, and fishing this weekend!

All the WWALS water quality test results for this Thursday were good.

We could use more water quality testers. If you want to get trained, please use this form:

[Chart, River, Swim Guide 2023-02-23]
Chart, River, Swim Guide 2023-02-23

Even though Valdosta had yet another major sewage spill Monday, due to inadequate sewer main bypass, it probably did not have much effect on the Alapaha River. When WWALS Testing Committee Chair Suzy Hall tested at Sasser Landing after Valdosta’s previous, even bigger, spill of Wednesday a week ago, due to sewer main collapse, results were fine at Sasser Landing, downstream of the spill location at Knights Creek, Mud Swamp Creek, the Alapahoochee River in Echols County, Georgia, and the Alapaha River in Hamilton County, Florida.

[Knights Creek to Alapaha River in ARWT]
Knights Creek to Alapaha River in the WWALS map of the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT)

The most recent water quality results Valdosta has published are for Friday a week ago.

[Chart: Clean Withlacoochee River 2023-02-23]
Chart: Clean Withlacoochee River 2023-02-23
For context and the entire WWALS composite spreadsheet of water quality results, rainfall, and sewage spills, see:

Ashburn sewage spills

The two most recent Ashburn spills were both after big rains.

[Chart: Ashburn spills 2023-02-11]
Chart: Ashburn spills 2023-02-11

The 3,000 gallons from Ashburn’s MLK Liftstation into Ashburn Branch and the Little River were far upstream from Kinard Bridge Road Landing, Red Roberts Road Landing, and Reed Bingham State Park.

[Map: Ashburn Branch in WLRWT]
Map: Ashburn Branch in the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT)

The Ashburn spill of 200,000 gallons from its Airport WPCP at Rockhouse Road and Sylvia Drive into Hat Creek is above the Alapaha River, far upstream of Sheboggy Boat Ramp, the most upstream part of the ARWT.

[Map: Hat Creek in ARWT]
Map: Hat Creek in the WWALS map of the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT)

Thanks to Cindy Vedas for her four Withlacoochee River sites: Franklinville, Skipper Bridge, Staten Road, and US 41.

[Skipper Bridge, Withlacoochee River @ Skipper Bridge Road 2023-02-23]
Skipper Bridge, Withlacoochee River @ Skipper Bridge Road 2023-02-23

Thanks to Michael and Jacob Bachrach for their usual test sites at Troupville Boat Ramp on the Little River and at Nankin and State Line Boat Ramps on the Withlacoochee River.

Thanks to WWALS Testing Committee Chair Suzy Hall for additional testing, and for herding the testing cats.

Thanks to WWALS E.D. Gretchen Quarterman for training the testers and delivering testing materials.

So I’ve marked green all the WWALS “beaches” for which we have recent results, on Swim Guide

Probably we should add Franklinville Landing now that Cindy is testing there weekly.

[Map: Clean Withlacoochee River, Swim Guide, 2023-02-23]
Map: Clean Withlacoochee River, Swim Guide, 2023-02-23

Thanks to Joe Brownlee and Georgia Power for a generous grant for water quality testing equipment and materials.

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There are more images on the WWALS website.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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