February 11, 2011
State regulators are advising Tazewell County residents who use Middle Creek or Plum Creek as a water source to exercise caution.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has declared both creeks impaired because of bacteria.
Middle Creek is impaired for E. coli while Plum Creek has a fecal coliform impairment. A third waterway, Coal Creek, has been declared impaired because of sediment.
All three creeks are tributaries of the Upper Clinch River.