Update 2021-09-24: All clear, Withlacoochee River 2021-09-22.
All the water quality samples WWALS collected Wednesday and Thursday tested good for all three rivers: Little, Withlacoochee, and Alapaha.
However, later Thursday hard rains fell. As hard as those last Thursday that washed E. coli into the rivers. So there’s a good chance the same thing has already happened, with contamination from livestock manure washing into the rivers.
So according to the results we have, I have to say all clear for boating, swimming, and fishing.
But according to experience, I’m not going on the Little or Withlacoochee Rivers this weekend.
FYI, no sewage spills have been reported. The contamination sources are most likely agricultural.
The Alapaha River is probably still good. And we have a paddle coming up Monday evening on Banks Lake, which is not downstream from anything, so it should be clean as usual. https://wwals.net/?p=56630 Continue reading