Good upstream water quality, Little, Withlacoochee, Okapilco, worst Crooked Creek @ 2020-08-16
The Withlacoochee River looks good for boating, swimming, and fishing this weekend,
according to the latest water quality testing results,
despite a contamination incident earlier this week.
Chart and Map
More than an inch of rain at Moultrie Monday washed E. coli down Okapilco River (as they call it in Colquitt County) and Wednesday Valdosta got very bad
cfu/100 mL E. coli
on Okapilco Creek @ US 84 in Brooks County, and bad
on the Withlacoochee River @ Knights Ferry Boat Ramp in Lowndes County. See What do these numbers mean?
Yet downstream at Nankin Boat Ramp and State Line was good Wednesday according to Valdosta,
and also good Tuesday and Thursday at State Line, CR 150, and FL 6 according to Madison Health, in data updated online by FDEP early afternoon Friday.
WWALS testers Michael and Jacob Bachrach also got very good results Thursday at Knights Ferry and State Line.
For context and the complete WWALS composite spreadsheet of Georgia and Florida bacterial test results and rainfall, see:
So I’ve marked all Withlacoochee River “beaches” green on Swim Guide.
However, once again there was heavy rain at Moultrie, this time on Friday,
so don’t be surprised if E. coli shows up on Monday or even Saturday on Okapilco Creek @ US 84 or Withlacoochee River @ Knights Ferry.
Meanwhile, heavy rains at Tifton way upstream on the Little River should be Continue reading