Water quality is always a concern for Virginia Master Naturalists
Dead fish in Gills Creek being investigated An investigation is under way by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to determine what killed a number of fish in the lower end of Gills Creek. More than 100 dead fish were found in the creek over the weekend, according to Lt. Karl Martin with DGIF. Martin said Tuesday morning that the source of pollution that killed the fish had not been identified. ...Read the entire article in the Franklin News Post dated June 1, 2011 click here
Also, re an accidental manure spill last week in a creek that flows into the Blackwater River: The Franklin County Health Department is warning people to avoid contact with water in these streams until further notice. The The most common waterborne illnesses are gastrointestinal, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea or nausea, according to the health department. Less commonly, skin, ear and eye infections can result from contact with contaminated water.