Jefferson stream declared impaired by fecal bacteriaBy John McVey|Journal staff writer
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MARTINSBURG - Elks Run in Jefferson County has been designated an impaired stream for fecal coli, which means too much human and animal waste is getting into the approximately 8-mile-long waterway.
"Fecal coli comes from various sources - septic systems, agriculture, wildlife," Suzy Lucas, West Virginia Conservation Agency conservation specialist, said in a telephone interview Monday.
WVCA has received a U.S. Environmental Protection Grant to address the fecal coli coming from septic systems, she said. The grant helps homeowners upgrade or repair their septic systems to reduce the amount of fecal coli getting into Elks Run, which runs into the Potomac River and is the main water source for the towns of Bolivar and Harpers Ferry....