Update 2023-02-03: Clean rivers 2023-02-02,
Avoid the Little, Withlacoochee, and Alapaha Rivers this weekend.
All three rivers tested worse for E. coli than the one-time test limit of 410 cfu/100 mL. The worst river result was at Nankin Boat Ramp on the Withlacoochee River, of 6,567. That contamination has probably washed past State Line Boat Ramp to Florida by now.
I’d also avoid fishing in Beaverdam Creek, Cat Creek, and especially Beatty Branch this weekend.
If you do want to fish, swim, or paddle this chilly weekend, I’d recommend the Suwannee or Ichetucknee Rivers.
But not the chainsaw cleanup tomorrow: we postponed that until February 19th.
Chart, Creeks and Rivers, Swim Guide Map 2022-01-26
All this contamination was washed into the creeks and rivers by big rains Wednesday.
No sewage spills have been reported in the last week in the Suwannee River Basin in Florida or Georgia.
So what is the contamination? Continue reading