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Duck River section now declared safe

Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 2:06 pm

A portion of Duck River in Manchester that runs through Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park upsteam through the former Morton’s Lake has now been declared to be safe and its water quality improved, according to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

Removing the signage that warned of contaminated waters at Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park are, from left, Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman, Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Environment Shari Meghreblian, Park Manager Keith Wimberley and Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell.
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The section of river was formally “deposted” in a ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

An advisory warning of the possible presence of e. coli was initially issued in 1995 for that section of the river.

“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,” said TDEC Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Environment Shari Meghreblian, who was present for the deposting.

“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,” she said.

Also on hand for the deposting ceremony were Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman, Stone Fort manager Keith Wimberly and Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell.