By the time
WWALS tested Sunday,
most of that had already washed downstream or gotten diluted.
We did still see high results at Franklinville and Langdale Park on the
Withlacoochee River, and at several creek locations. Continue reading →
Apparently the rain Thursday did not have much effect,
although there were E. coli hot spots when we tested again Sunday.
The Withlacoochee River from GA 133 on down seems OK for swimming, fishing, and boating,
although there’s not much water until you get farther down than that.
For once my recommendation is not directly based on the most recent water quality test results, rather on the weather.
Because of the recent rain, I wouldn’t paddle on the Withlacoochee or Little Rivers except downstream from the GA-FL line.
The Alapaha and Suwannee will probably be OK.
All WWALS water quality results for Thursday are pretty clean,
with several of them actually showing zero E. coli.
No new sewage spills have been reported in the Suwannee River basin in Georgia or Florida (yet).
Valdosta did get high numbers at US 41 and GA 133 on the Withlacoochee River last week,
but their Monday results (the most recent we’ve seen from them)
are normal. Continue reading →
WWALS tested 23 sites yesterday:
the usual 1 on the Alapaha River, 2 on the Little River,
and 9 on the Withlacoochee River and 11 on its upstream creeks Cat Creek, Beatty Branch, and Beaverdam Creek, plus Sugar Creek.
We are trying to find the source of the high E. coli Valdosta keeps finding at US 41 and GA 133 on the Withlacoochee River. Continue reading →
Video: Summary of water quality testing at Lowndes County Commission 2022-10-11
Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman at Lowndes County Commission, Tuesday, October 11, 2022.
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE)
I was there to suggest that Lowndes County might want to participate in a grant application.
The county later declined to participate, as did the City of Valdosta.
So Valdosta State University (VSU) and WWALS applied anyway.
We shall see.
After a drizzle of rain Wednesday and several high readings by Valdosta at US 41 and GA 133,
WWALS tested upstream creeks yesterday, in addition to the usual river locations.
Some of the creek results are much higher than expected.
Yesterday I went to five water quality testing sites and sampled four of them.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Brunner sampled nine sites on Cat Creek, Beatty Branch, and Beaverdam Creek.
If nothing else we should have a good baseline to use in deciphering what is causing
the E. coli and Fecal coliform that keeps showing up at US 41 and GA 133.
And inquiring minds want to know: what happened to all the trees at the entrance to Langdale Park?
All the WWALS water quality results for this Thursday were pretty clean.
We have nothing new on GA 133 since Valdosta’s Monday results there were bad.
My guess is whatever that was has probably washed away by now, but we don’t know.
So I’d say probably OK for swimming, boating, and fishing this weekend.
No new sewage spills have been reported in the Suwannee River Basin in Georgia or Florida.
The only bad spot is that Monday GA 133 result in the Valdosta data.
That upstream incident that started last week.
It may have been caused by upstream rain on Thursday, October 12, 2022.
What it washed into the Withlacoochee River is a mystery that we are working on resolving. Continue reading →