Update 2020-08-01: Florida clean? Withlacoochee River 2020-07-30.
Subtitle: lack of data doesn’t mean good water quality.
Valdosta finally came through with downstream results for Friday, Monday, and Wednesday, at 1:21 PM today,
and they ain’t pretty.
Map: Bad Knights Ferry and Nankin in Swim Guide
Valdosta got results way above the 1,000 cfu/100 mL E. coli alert level at Knights Ferry and Nankin Boat Ramps Friday,
at Nankin and State Line Boat Ramps Monday,
and again at Nankin on Wednesday, with
a too-high single-sample count of
at Knights Ferry for Wednesday.
See What do these numbers mean?
So we have set Knights Ferry and Nankin Boat Ramps red in
We can’t set State Line Boat Ramp red because,
even though that contamination has probably reached there by now,
we have no data for yesterday or today.
Similarly, we can’t set anything new for Florida stations, because
we have no Florida data since Tuesday a week ago.
Floridians: maybe you’d like to ask your statehouse elected officials
to fund FDEP to implement regular river testing all the way from the state line
to the Gulf.
If Valdosta can do it, the great state of Florida can do it.
For that matter, FDEP told us last November that they already had money for that
and were allocating it regionally.
Maybe you’d like to ask FDEP to allocate some of it to the Suwannee River Basin.
For the entire WWALS composite spreadsheet of results from Georgia and Florida, as well as other context, see http://wwals.net/issues/testing/.
Valdosta’s Friday 3,900
E. coli for Okapilco Creek @ US 84 shows something did wash down
Okapilco Creek from the upstream rains.
That testing station is upstream from where Crooked Creek joins Okapilco,
so that E. coli did not come from Crooked Creek.
And maybe some of this downstream contamination did come down from GA 133 over the weekend.
Map: Devane Road to State Line, in the WWALS
map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT).
You may wonder: how can the WWALS Wednesday results for Knights Ferry and State Line Boat Ramps be so different from Valdosta’s results?
Usually, because Continue reading