Update 2021-06-28: Filthy GA-FL Line, Withlacoochee River 2021-06-26.
Most Withlacoochee River contamination comes from cattle manure runoff, according to extensive testing. Yet there is the myth that every problem with the Withlacoochee River comes from Valdosta sewage. Actually, Valdosta has not had a spill that got into the river in more than a year and a half.
Other cities do have sewage spills (especially Quitman), which do cause problems. But when the rivers have E. coli after big rains, it usually comes from cattle manure runoff.
Most of the time our rivers are clean, and here’s how we know that.
These questions from a year ago still reflect many we get to this day: Continue reading