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Conservation District testing county water

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District is continuing its work with an Indiana Department of Environmental Management 319 Grant.

Among the tasks that surround the grant is water sampling.

Water sampling is important to try and find the biggest water quality concerns in the watershed.

The organization is currently testing 12 different sites in the lower section of Clay County.

Among several things the agency tests for is E-Coli.

The high amounts of E-Coli throughout the lower Eel River is the reason the agency was able to obtain the grant to begin with and it continues to be a problem.

While testing after a recent rain event, the agency found E-Coli amount in excess of 68 times that of the state standards.

The agency said this was a concern for all Clay County residents, and especially those who enjoy recreation in the streams and rivers.

E-Coli are usually connected with animal waste.

However, animal species do not pertain to cattle and swine. Human waste can relate to E-Coli as well.

Faulty septic systems or non-existing ones can be a major factor in these numbers.

As the grant continues to progress, the agency said it hopes to sponsor workshops regarding septic systems. The agency encourages all to participate in these workshops when they have the opportunity.

For more information, call 448-1108, Ext. 3.

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