Saturday, May 26, 2001

Licking River unsafe for swimming

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — Kentucky environmental and health officials this week issued a new warning about swimming in rivers and tributaries contaminated by sewage.

        Included is a stretch of the Licking River in Northern Kentucky.

        The joint warning by the Division of Water and the Department for Public Health has been in effect, with some modification, for 11 years.

        The rivers in question have elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria because of waste-water treatment plant discharges, malfunctioning septic systems and illegal “straight pipe” discharges of untreated sewage.

        The stretch of the Licking affected is all of Banklick and Three Mile creeks and from Banklick Creek to the Licking's confluence with the Ohio River.


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