Spill from Cow Manure Lagoon Fouls Va. River

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

April 5, 2014

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) - Some 30,000 gallons of cow manure wastewater has spilled into the Pigg River in Franklin County, prompting a public health alert.

The state Department of Health is advising residents to avoid recreational use of a section of the river, including swimming, boating or fishing.

According to media reports, the wastewater spilled Thursday from a holding lagoon west of Rocky Mount. The spill entered a tributary of the Pigg River.

Local and state public health officials are working to evaluate the spill and minimize any potential risk.

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