Study: Dan River water safe for irrigation, livestock

Date posted: April 21, 2014

Using projections of water-quality trends based on hundreds of water analyses made during a 40-day period following the release of approximately 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River on Feb. 2, 2014, North Carolina State University soil scientists conclude that the river water is suitable for use as irrigation water on crops and as drinking water for livestock.

The study is available online.

Researchers caution, however, that flooding, drought conditions or other episodic events in or around the river could change the conditions measurably.

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