All clean: Withlacoochee, Little, Alapaha Rivers 2021-10-21.
Something we’ve never seen: the only too-high result is on the Alapaha River for Thursday.
We’ve never seen a reading at Lakeland Boat Ramp that high.
The Little and Withlacoochee Rivers tested good for Thursday,
which is what we expected since there has been no rain for days.
So in the reverse of what we often say, avoid the Alapaha River and
swim, fish, and paddle on the Little and Withlacoochee Rivers this weekend,
according to the best data we have.
Still looking good for the
WWALS Boomerang paddle race
from Georgia into Florida and back, coming up in one week at State Line Boat Ramp.
Chart + Little + Alapaha River, Withlacoochee River, Swim Guide
You can also see in the charts that Valdosta’s upstream results for last Friday
showed extremely high Fecal coliform
for US 41 (upstream from Valdosta), GA 133, and US 84, and way-too-high E. coli for GA 133.
That somewhat helps explain why our plates for that Thursday (October 7th)
for Knights Ferry Boat Ramp showed high background Fecal coliform colonies.
No, we don’t know what it is.
There have been no sewage spills reported this past week in the Suwannee River Basin in Georgia.
Most likely it is some sort of manure runoff, this time coming from far upstream on the Withlacoochee River. Continue reading