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Rain Will Help Resolve Franklin County Manure Spill

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, VA - The Department of Environmental Quality and the Franklin County Health Department are working together after hundreds of fish were found dead Friday of last week in an unnamed tributary that feeds into the Pigg River.

Officials say a thirty thousand gallon manure spill from a farm up stream is to blame.  Franklin County has had a little more than an inch of rain in the last twenty four hours.  the rain will help dilute any contamination that exists.

There are several warning signs up for people who visit Waid Park.  Those signs advise against an contact with the Pigg River water.  There is no evidence of any contamination to drinking water.  

"We just felt like it was in everyone's best interest to make them aware of this incident at Waid Park, particularly because during the summer months it is used for recreational purposes," explains Franklin County Environmental Health Manager, Tim Baker. 

The Virginia Department of Health wants all of to remember that any time we come in contact with a creek, stream, river, or lake there is always a chance for contamination.  V.D.H. says never drink or swallow any water because there could be contaminants in it that we aren't aware of that could make us sick.

The water won't be tested because e-coli often turns up in rivers and lakes and streams and is not necessarily and indicator of a spill.

The timing for the spill is as good as it could be with an empty park

At this point the farm where the spill occurred has not gotten any citation because of the incident.  Jeff Hurst with D.E.Q. says they usually make a decision on that within thirty days.

Link to Virginia Department of Health

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"Signs have been posted along the Pigg River at the Waid Park Recreation area, to advise citizens to avoid recreational use of these waters – swimming, fishing, wading or otherwise coming into contact with these waters - until further notice," according to Virginia Department of Health, these steps have been taken because there was an accidental spill of approximately 30,000 gallons of cow manure wastewater from a holding lagoon near the intersection of

Calico Rock Road and 6 Mile Post Road, west of Rocky Mount.

Tonight on WSLS 10 Karen McNew looks into the issue and has more information about how a situation like this is resolved.

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