Whatever got into the Withlacoochee River Friday at GA 133 appears to have had no effect downstream, according to Valdosta and WWALS results from Wednesday. Ditto a Wednesday alert level reading for E. coli in Crooked Creek at Devane Road by WWALS testers Michael and Jacob Bachrach; they also report that creek only had three inches of water at its deepest. Yet WWALS Wednesday results for Knights Ferry and State Line Boat Ramps are excellent. Happy boating, swimming, and fishing this weekend!
So apparently rainwater has diluted contamination. We have no new Florida results since Tuesday a week ago, but also no reason to believe there’s any problem downstream from the state line. Ditto for Nankin Boat Ramp.
All Withlacoochee River “beaches” are still green on Swim Guide.
The dirtiest sample (Crooked Creek) looks the cleanest.
But the incubated PetriFilms for Crooked Creek @ Devane Road sure don’t look clean.
The other PetriFilms look hardly contaminated.
Looking back to last week.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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