Troubled waters: E. coli levels dangerously high in Dan and Mayo rivers | Rockingham Now
, 2022-09-10 23:00:00,
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY — E.coli bacteria levels are too high for safe swimming around at least five of Rockingham County’s access parks along the Dan and Mayo rivers, according to environmental watchdog Steven Pulliam, the Dan Riverkeeper.
Pulliam, who regularly tests surface water along stretches of the Dan, Mayo and Smith rivers, reported his findings on numerous state and regional recreational waterway websites and in a Facebook post on Sept. 1, cautioning swimmers and paddlers about recreational safety over the holiday weekend.
Pulliam helps coordinate such monitoring through Good Stewards of Rockingham County and the Dan River Basin Association, or DRBA. Both environmental groups promote conservancy, water quality and recreation safety along the county’s rivers.
E. coli, a bacteria associated with fecal matter, is commonly found in the lower intestines of humans and other warm-blooded organisms. If ingested, it can cause serious infections and symptoms including severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and fever.
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