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Withlacoochee River Water Meets Water Quality Standards

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

March 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2014

Contact: Communications Office
(850) 245-4111

STATEMENT FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: WITHLACOOCHEE RIVER WATER NOW MEETS WATER QUALITY STANDARDS

TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health today lifted its precautionary health advisory issued on March 19 for Madison and Hamilton counties after the City of Valdosta reported a reported a spill, made up of a combination of storm water and untreated sewage that overflowed into the One-Mile Branch, Two-Mile Branch, Sugar Creek and Cherry Creek which flow into the Withlacoochee River.

Recent river water samples taken by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection indicate the river water meets surface water quality standards for bacteria thus ensuring the public they may resume water-related activities.

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