Cow manure spill in Virginia river prompts health alert

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ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Over 30,000 gallons of cow manure wastewater spilled into the Pigg River in Franklin county, prompting a public health alert, according to multiple media outlets.

The state Department of Health is now advising residents in the area to avoid recreational use of that section of the river. The activities not recommend include boating, swimming and fishing.

The wastewater spilled on Thursday from a holding lagoon west of Rocky Mount.  The spill entered a tributary of the Pigg River.

Public health officials are working to evaluate the spill and minimize risks.


  • Thomas Christopher

    My gosh, what’s the big deal here? Hundreds of pounds of animal waste (cow, deer, dog, cat, etc.) ends up in the river with every rain event due to run-off, so not sure what the hub-bub is all about in this case. Before you “river keepers” jump on my case, I worked for 8 years in city water treatment (earning all 3 grades of NC water treatment certification), with all of that experience in treating the Mayo and Dan Rivers.

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