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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
BILL: I was wondering if you know what might be causing a green slime in Middle and Jennings creeks recently. It is really thick. Residents here were asking me about it Heritage Day and said they had never seen this before. I have lived here 10 years and I have never seen it.
JUDY: You are correct, it is a mystery as to why the pure mountain-born water of Middle and Jennings creeks in the national forest of Botetourt County would run slime green. I asked Scott Smith, a biologist for the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, if he had an explanation. He contacted the Department of Environmental Quality.
"They had somebody out there and they didn't see anything unusual," Scott reported. "However, we had someone out there on Heritage Day and they reported the same green slime that your reader did. So I don't know if it was a temporary thing or what. That's about all I know, which isn't much. The stuff was there, but apparently it's gone now."
READER INPUT: In last week's Bill Cochran Column, I said turkey hunter John Wright of Amherst was a retired ATF agent. That was incorrect. Wright spent 31 years with the ABC Board, the last 17 as director of its law enforcement division.
"I worked closely with the ATF agents, but was not one of them," he said. "The biggest difference between us was our paychecks."
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