Monday, April 14, 2014
The Franklin County Health Department has removed the signs advising residents to avoid recreational use of the Pigg River.
Late last week, approximately 30,000 gallons of cow manure from a holding lagoon near the intersection of Calico Rock Road and Six Mile Post Road, west of Rocky Mount, spilled into a small tributary that feeds into the Pigg River.
Affected sections of the Pigg River have returned to normal conditions, according to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. No other effects have been observed; therefore, normal recreational activities can resume.
Individuals using surface waters for recreational activities should continue to use basic safety precautions by avoiding drinking or swallowing any water from an unknown or unapproved source, and afterward thoroughly wash any area exposed to these waters.
For more information, contact the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality at 540-562-6700 or VDH's West Piedmont Health District at 276-638-2311 or www.vdh.virginia.gov.