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State conservation dept. lifts Duck River warning

Posted on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 2:57 pm

By John Coffelt, Staff Writer

The State of Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Environment Shari Meghreblian was on-hand last Tuesday (Oct. 3) to de-post a large section of the Duck River.

hremoving the signage that warned of contam-inated waters at Old Stone Fort State Ar-cheological Park are, from left, Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman, TDEC Deputy Commis-sioner Shari Meghre-blian, Park Manager Keith Wimberley and Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell. (Photo provided)

The advisory was initially issued in 1995, includes the portion of the river that runs through Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park as well as upstream to Morton’s Lake, warned that segment contained high levels of E. coli.

“Work by various agencies to bring E. coli levels to acceptable and safe levels has returned this portion of the river to a safe, family-friendly recreational spot with improved water quality,” the state said in a release.

The Duck River is considered to be one of North America’s most biologically diverse river systems, sporting multitudes of rare fish and mussel species.