Over the weekend, I observed that the Shenandoah River in the Warren and Clarke Counties area appeared higher than “normal”, flowing swiftly, and discolored/turbid with no local significant rain other than passing showers and thunderstorms. On Monday, June 22, I decided to collect water samples from the South Fork of the Shenandoah River at the Front Royal public boat landing, North Fork of the Shenandoah River at the Strasburg Park public boat landing, and then from the Main-stem at various locations. It appeared that the elevated flow was coming from the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. The E. coli levels at Front Royal public boat landing were 248.9, which exceeded the previous instantaneous Virginia water quality standard threshold of 235 E. Coli CFUs per 100ml of sample for primary recreational contact.
These are the E. coli results for the water samples that were collected yesterday, Monday, June 22, 2020.