Water Quality Testing

Beyond sewage spills, something else is getting into our springs, rivers, and wells, nitrates from fertilizer, maybe livestock, wildlife, domestic pets, or septic tanks. We want to know when, where, and what, so maybe we can do something about it.

And when there is a spill, the testing required by the permits is very limited, so we want to follow up spills and find out how far they went and what they affected.

So WWALS has started a Water Quality Testing Program.

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Stocked and ready, Test Kit
WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman handing the first stocked Georgia test kit to WWALS Testing Committee Chair Bobby McKenzie.

Test Results

We have collected quite a bit of background water quality test data from Georgia, from Tifton, Lowndes County, and Valdosta.

Recent Valdosta weekly testing data

WWALS files a Georgia Open Records Act (GORA) request weekly with Valdosta, and usually gets back on Friday Valdosta’s river testing data from the preceding Wednesday. Here are the recent weeks of that data, in the format they sent and visible below.

Yes, we have suggested to Valdosta that they could put their spreadsheet online just as easily as we can.

Withlachoochee River Upstream @ North Valdosta Road
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
Withlachoochee River Midway Point @ Hwy 133 West
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
Withlachoochee River Downstream @ Highway 84 West
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
Little River @ 133 West
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
Withlachoochee River Downstream at Madison Florida
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
St. Augustine Road Upstream at Mud Creek
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
Johnston Road Downstream at Mud Creek
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
Hwy 135 Alapahoochee River Jennings Florida
D.O.
TEMP
pH
Fecal Coliform
E-COLI
9/19/20185.6 mg/l28.26.5115/100 ml115/100 ml9/19/20186.7 mg/l26.56.9310/100 ml140/100 ml9/19/20187.3 mg/l27.17.090/100 ml10/100 ml9/19/20186.2 mg/l27.96.485/100 ml80/100 ml9/19/20186.7 mg/l27.76.60/100 ml0/100 ml9/19/20181.7 mg/l25.44.20/100 ml0/100 ml9/19/20186.1 mg/l26.57.2150/100 ml140/100 ml9/19/20186.5 mg/l27.96.50/100 ml0/100 ml
9/25/20185.5 mg/l26.85.6225/100 ML110/100 ML9/25/20185.7 mg/l265.1415/100 ML110/100 ML9/25/20184.8 mg/l27.26.860/100 ML10/100 ML9/25/20186.7 mg/l27.15.860/100 ML0/100 ML9/25/20187.0 mg/l26.06.720/100 ML10/100 ML9/25/20181.7 mg/l25.26.3100/100 ML10/100 ML9/25/20186.2 mg/l26.05.6150/100 ML85/100 ML9/25/20187.0 mg/l26.04.8210/100 ML165/100 ml
10/3/20185.6 mg/l24.65.2560/100 ml100/100 ml10/3/20186.6 mg/l25.15.7400/100 ml320/100 ml10/3/20187.0 mg/l26.15.240/100 ml20/100 ml10/3/20186.8 mg/l24.75.6135/100 ml30/100 ml10/3/20185.6 mg/l25.15.830/100 ml0/100 ml10/3/20182.2 mg/l24.34.020/100 ml200/100 ml10/3/20186.0 mg/l24.54.0400/100 ml240/100 ml10/3/20186.3 mg/l25.35.5100/100 ml140/100 ml
10/9/20186.4 mg/l23.36.3685/100 ml120/100 ml10/9/20186.2 mg/l23.16.2300/100 ml90/100 ml10/9/20186.5 mg/l23.16.540/100 ml0/100 ml10/9/20186.6 mg/l24.16.4610/100 ml20/100 ml10/9/20186.1 mg/l24.16.110/100 ml10/100 ml10/9/20185.1 mg/l23.95.6140/100 ml215/100 ml10/9/20186.7 mg/l24.24.0165/100 ml80/100 ml10/9/20186.5 mg/l24.35.9355/100 ml125/100 ml
10/17/20186.0 mg/l27.35.8195/100 ml55/100 ml10/17/20186.4 mg/l26.45.0200/100 ml70/100 ml10/17/20186.5 mg/l26.54.870/100 ml10/100 ml10/17/20186.7 mg/l26.26.2195/100 ml55/100 ml10/17/20185.9 mg/l29.14.160/100 ml20/100 ml10/17/20182.2 mg/l24.83.810/100 ml10/100 ml10/17/20185.9 mg/l23.76.4125/100 ml55/100 ml10/17/20186.1 mg/l24.94.8430/100 ml180/100 ml
10/24/20186.0 mg/l20.46.820/100 ml20/100 ml10/24/20186.5 mg/l20.77.0170/100ml50/100 ml10/24/20186.5 mg/l20.96.810/100 ml10/100 ml10/24/20186.2 mg/l20.26.7610/100 ml75/100 ml10/24/20186.9 mg/l20.67.050/100 ml0/100 ml10/24/20182.5 mg/l20.44.0200/100 ml125/100 ml10/24/20186.4 mg/l20.37.1140/100 ml150/100 ml10/24/20186.1 mg/l20.46.6255/100 ml335/100 ml
10/31/20186.9 mg/l25.15.9180/100 ml80/100 ml10/31/20186.4 mg/l25.86.5110/100 ml55/100 ml10/31/20186.6 mg/l25.76.4500/100 ml70/100 ml10/31/20186.7 mg/l26.16.23000/100 ml75/100 ml10/31/20186.8 mg/l25.35.62900/100 ml10/100 ml10/31/20182.8 mg/l24.14.0500/100 ml500/100 ml10/31/20187.0 mg/l24.75.7300/100 ml245/100 ml10/31/20186.5 mg/l25.15.9190/100 ml50/100 ml
11/7/20184.9 mg/l21.86.320/100 ml100/100 ml11/7/20187.3 mg/l20.76.3100/100 ml20/100 ml11/7/20187.5 mg/l20.96.640/100 ml10/100 ml11/7/20187.2 mg/l20.56.4700/100 ml80/100 ml11/7/20186.8 mg/l22.16.885/100 ml70/100 ml11/7/20182.0 mg/l4.84.3670/100 ml230/100 ml11/7/20186.5 mg/l22.56.72200/100 ml500/100 ml11/7/20186.5 mg/l21.96.6280/100 ml135/100 ml
11/14/20186.5 mg/l17.16.31100/100 ML100/100ML11/14/20187.0 mg/l17.15.8300/100 ML300/100 ml11/14/20187.0 mg/l17.36.1230/100ml110/100ml11/14/20186.7 mg/l17.46.5230/100ml40/100ml11/14/20186.7 mg/l17.46.6700/100ml400/100ml11/14/20181.9 mg/l18.24.01000/100ml600/100ml11/14/20186.5 mg/l17.46.1500/100ml300/100ml11/14/20186.6 mg/l17.66.44900/100ml1000/100ml
11/21/20186.5 mg/l14.96.4130/100 ml65/100 ml11/21/20186.6 mg/l15.16.8110/100 ml50/100 ml11/21/20186.8 mg/l15.27.0200/100 ml70/100 ml11/21/20186.8 mg/l15.36.5230/100 ml40/100 ml11/21/20186.5 mg/l15.46.1250/100 ml155/100 ml11/21/20183.2 mg/l13.84.680/100 ml20/100 ml11/21/20187.6 mg/l14.75.9300/100 ml30/100 ml11/21/20186.7 mg/l15.27.0190/100 ml100/100 ml
11/28/20185.9 mg/l10.86.8200/100 ml205/100 ml11/28/20186.3 mg/l11.17.0185/100 ml30/100 ml11/28/20186.1 mg/l10.76.91300/100 ml165/100 ml11/28/20185.8 mg/l10.46.6800/100 ml335/100 ml11/28/20186.9 mg/l10.76.61100/100 ml1400/100 ml11/28/20182.5 mg/l8.34.4210/100 ml200/100 ml11/28/20185.7 mg/l9.56.3800/100 ml255/100 ml11/28/20187.1 mg/l11.25.72100/100 ml1300/100 ml

Maps

Much of that quality data, along with spill reports, is in this this map in Water Reporter. Eventually we hope to put much of it into Georgia Adopt-A-Stream; there’s some further training to do first.