Update 2022-04-08: All rivers bad water quality 2022-04-07.
Quitman’s 48,000 gallon sewage spill on Sunday, March 20, 2022, was from
the Quitman settling ponds,
which are slightly uphill from Okapilco Creek.
Which explains why Valdosta got too-high E. coli at US 84 on Okapilco Creek, and at Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps downstream on the Withlacoochee River.
We know this location because of the response to the WWALS
open records request to Quitman asking where is this
GPS 30.793581, -83.544316
800 North Highland Dr
This has been going on for years. For example, the April 24, 2022 spill from the same location
contaminated the Withlacoochee River and the Suwannee River probably as far as Running Springs, if not all the way to the Gulf.
form Quitman’s contractor sent GA-EPD
says the spill was not preventable.
Well, according to Quitman’s permit from GA-EPD, “Power failure”
is not an excuse, because the permitee is supposed to have backup power.
It’s time for Quitman to find a way to prevent these spills from
contaminating Okapilco Creek and the Withlacoochee and Suwannee Rivers.
This is a public health hazard.
What will the Georgia Environment Protection Division (GA-EPD) do to stop these spills from Quitman, and meanwhile to get much more timely reporting by Quitman to GA-EPD and to the public?
Map and doc: location of Quitman sewage spill
It’s only 1.10 creek miles to US 84, and 5 creek miles all the way down Okapilco Creek to the Withlacoochee River.
Then 3.68 river miles more to Knights Ferry Boat Ramp, for 8.68 water miles total.
At even two miles per hour, that’s less than five hours for contamination to travel. Continue reading →