pollution of the south river

I was excited to work on this story with reporter Laura Peters about the South River and its long, and sadly polluted, history. The South River has become a staple of Waynesboro's livelihood, as it's quickly becoming known as a fly fishing destination. However, there is still a consumption advisory for most fish in the South River, as a result of a decades-old pollution from the DuPont plant that is proving difficult to clean up. Trout swim at the Coursey Springs State Fish Hatchery, located in Bath County along Cowpasture River. The hatchery supplies the trout found in the South River, making it safe to eat, unlike the other species of fish found in the river, which are under a health advisory for containing mercury and should not be consumed.James Holmes and son Evan Holmes, 16, of Crimora fish along the South River off the Greenway on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Waynesboro. The city of Waynesboro highlights the benefits of fishing in the South River in its tourism efforts, though only the trout in the river can be consumed. There is a consumption advisory on all other fish in the river, and a consumption limit on fish along the South Fork River.The Invista plant, formerly owned by DuPont, can be seen from the along Delphine Avenue on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Waynesboro. DuPont polluted the river sometime between the 1960s and 1970s with mercury, which was used as a catalyst in the manufacturing of a rayon fabric. DuPont has since taken responsibility for the pollution of mercury, and developed the South River Science Team with a number of other environmental and health agencies to monitor and clean up the river.

The Invista plant, formerly owned by DuPont, can be seen from the South River on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Waynesboro. DuPont polluted the river sometime between the 1960s and 1970s with mercury, which was used as a catalyst in the manufacturing of a rayon fabric. DuPont has since taken responsibility for the pollution of mercury, and developed the South River Science Team with a number of other environmental and health agencies to monitor and clean up the river.James Holmes and son Evan Holmes, 16, of Crimora fish along the South River off the Greenway on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Waynesboro. The city of Waynesboro highlights the benefits of fishing in the South River in its tourism efforts, though only the trout in the river can be consumed. There is a consumption advisory on all other fish in the river, and a consumption limit on fish along the South Fork River.Trout swim at the Coursey Springs State Fish Hatchery, located in Bath County along Cowpasture River. The hatchery supplies the trout found in the South River, making it safe to eat, unlike the other species of fish found in the river, which are under a health advisory for containing mercury and should not be consumed.

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