Live Oak — Per the Suwannee River Water Management District:
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) sampled the Withlacoochee River after the failure last month of a wastewater treatment plant in Valdosta. The plant returned to normal operation on March 3. The results of the sampling showed that bacteria levels were well below the established water quality standard. Based on these results, little to no environmental impact is anticipated, and FDEP does not plan to conduct further testing at this time. The results were shared with the Florida Department of Health to inform their determination of the need for health advisories. Questions or concerns should be addressed to your local county health department.
The Suwannee River at Dowling Park is falling after cresting at 4.5 feet below flood stage. Branford is cresting at two feet below flood stage. The Suwannee River at Wilcox in the Fanning Springs area could rise another foot by mid-week. Manatee Springs is not expected to reach flood stage.