“IF IT’S BROWN TURN AROUND”.
Depending on where you were in the Shenandoah River watershed yesterday, Thursday, September 10, 2020, the E. coli levels varied greatly. The two pictures below illustrate the contrasting differences in E. coli concentrations at different sites.
Previously in Virginia, if a single freshwater grab sample contained E. coli bacteria levels that exceeded 235 CFUs then the water would have been considered unsafe for primary recreational contact. Under the current Virginia Code for both the State Water Control Board and VA Dept. of Health, there is no longer any agency responsible to inform the public of potential exposure to elevated E. coli levels in the freshwater streams and rivers in Virginia! These are the E. coli results for the water samples collected yesterday, Wednesday, September 02, 2020.