June 28, 2013
Local conservation officials are urging people not to go swimming in the river right after a rain storm.
The Rivanna Conservation Society (RCS) says bacteria in Virginia's waterways could be harmful to anyone who comes into contact with the water.
The bacteria level is highest right after rain storms, because rain water washes bacteria into the river.
However, a good way you can keep the bacteria under control is to make sure you always pick up after your dog.
"It's kind of ironic that the same waste that a dog leaves behind can also be a threat to a dog's health if it gets in the water," says Jack Brown with the RCS. "So certainly it can threaten human health for kids, people wading or swimming."
Bacteria levels are higher in the summer because of the higher water temperature.