Update 2023-06-26: Withlacoochee River and Sugar Creek OK Sunday 2023-06-25.
Here are two WWALS water quality testers at one of their usual spots, sampling on an unusual day.
Cindy and David Vedas could not sample most of their locations on the usual day of Thursday. So they followed up today (Sunday). Their results will be available tomorrow.
For much more about the WWALS volunteer water quality testing program,
First Cindy threw the bucket in to wash it, then she threw it in again to reel in a sample.
Blondie is my dog, and often accompanies Suwannee Riverkeeper.
David dipped a thermometer into the river.
The Withlacoochee River was so high that the river water was mixed right to the edge.
You only need 100 mililiters in a WhirlPak, which is a plastic bag with a fancy locking top.
Try to whirl the WhirlPak slantwise, so as not to sling water into your face while sealing the sample.
And here is the sample, in the labelled WhirlPak.
After collecting at their other locations, Cindy took the samples home, plated them onto PetriFilms, and stuck them into an incubator at 95 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours. Tomorrow she will count the blue blots with bubbles: those are E. coli colonies. She will send images of the developed Petrifilm plates along with her counts to the WWALS Water Quality Testing Committee, who will review, as they do for all test results, before we post them for public viewing, including on Swim Guide, a smart phone app.
Cindy likes doing this.
To get to Tyler Bridge, you must walk along the right side of this gully.
It’s a nice old bridge.
There’s Cindy heading to her vehicle with the water sample, past the signs we fixed a little earlier, for Franklinville Landing in the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT).
You could paddle down from Hagan Bridge at GA 122, but be prepared for branches at face level, and be sure to get out before Tyler Bridge.
About a thousand feet downstream, Toms Branch comes in. And not far below that, Cat Creek joins up.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®