Manure spill in Franklin Co. river

Franklin-County-Update

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) — Some 30,000 gallons of cow manure wastewater has spilled into the Pig 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.

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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