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Old 10-22-2012, 10:17 PM
 
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Which ever brewery(can't keep them straight) is planning to use the french broad discovered that there is a major ecoli contamination and now they are working on pinpointing the source. Thought that was interesting considering the area was originally chosen because of the water.
It would be fabulous if beer makers saved the French Broad River, wouldn't it?

And so very Asheville.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:01 PM
 
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Never trust the water quality of any creek, river, stream to drink the water - and this is not a recent thing.

50 years ago my Mom was walking with us to a neighbor's house to visit and I asked if I could get a drink from a creek we just crossed over on a bridge. She said no because you never know what animal could be dead upstream.

Fast forward 50 years and the answer remains the same, never drink or allow your dog, child, etc to drink from a body of water. Wait until you get to a well or treated water source. While the water itself may be or have started out pure; any pollutant can enter the stream at any point.

If hiking take filter and tablets.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:12 PM
 
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And people forget that pathogens are undesirable, but natural.

People in ancient times seldom drank water because it would make them sick. We only drink it now because we have water treatment plants.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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...I never knew the creeks, rivers, lakes of NC could do that to a dog. Will definitely remember that when we come back. I so don't want my puppy kids sick or ...*quiver* ...dead. I am thinking it would be a good idea to get Ozzy & BeBe vaccinated before we come...just in case.....
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:53 AM
 
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...I never knew the creeks, rivers, lakes of NC could do that to a dog. Will definitely remember that when we come back. I so don't want my puppy kids sick or ...*quiver* ...dead. I am thinking it would be a good idea to get Ozzy & BeBe vaccinated before we come...just in case.....
It's not just NC. It's water everywhere.

I don't think vaccinations protect against water-borne pathogens.
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Old 12-09-2016, 10:00 AM
 
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Hi, we moved to Western North Carolina, Transylvania County, about 3 years ago. We have a house with a well, the water is wonderful! We drink it straight out of the ground, perfect. The rivers and streams are another matter. The state government went way to the right starting around 2010 and environmental regulations now are not being enforced. As a result we have, unbelievable, cattle in the streams, farmers ploughing to the river bank, sewage, yes latrines hanging out over the water from banks, you name it. It's a shame because North Carolina used to be the best about clean water in the south, now, not so good. But we are working on fixing that, see mountaintrue.org and creationcarealliance.org
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Old 12-09-2016, 04:59 PM
 
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Hi, we moved to Western North Carolina, Transylvania County, about 3 years ago. We have a house with a well, the water is wonderful! We drink it straight out of the ground, perfect. The rivers and streams are another matter. The state government went way to the right starting around 2010 and environmental regulations now are not being enforced. As a result we have, unbelievable, cattle in the streams, farmers ploughing to the river bank, sewage, yes latrines hanging out over the water from banks, you name it. It's a shame because North Carolina used to be the best about clean water in the south, now, not so good. But we are working on fixing that, see mountaintrue.org and creationcarealliance.org
Thank you for bringing this important matter up as well as the websites given.
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Old 12-15-2016, 08:26 PM
 
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Because it's one of the requirements that I need to comply with to maintain my Organic Certification, I sample the creek that supplies the water that I use to irrigate my crops. With the recent drought contributing to the higher water quality, E. coli levels have recently been below 200 probable colonies per deciliter. That's good enough for swimming but you shouldn't drink it yourself. Try stopping your dog.

One time I thought of asking town town of Weaverville what the E. coli rate was of the water that they were seeing at the Ivey River pumping station that is one of the water supplies of the town. The guy that I talked to said, "well, you're not going to like hearing this, but the E. coli rate has ranged from zero (pristine) to 8000 (horribly foul). You probably shouldn't even stand downwind from a river in that condition.

The best water quality is to be found when it hasn't rained in a while.
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Old 12-16-2016, 02:23 AM
 
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Hello,

Can anybody give me some info about the water quality of rivers, water falls and creeks in western NC. . . .
No shortage of good info (and news of at least one sad loss) thus far but, actual research really can be your friend: NC DPH: Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology

Best o' Success!
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Old 12-16-2016, 02:46 PM
 
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kmarc's question: I was sort of looking forward to enjoying some of the water activities in WNC during the warmer months and had been researching some of the rivers, creeks, lakes, swimming holes, etc. Are there any that are considered more or less safe to at least swim/tube/splash around in, or is caution required in just about all cases?

I was also wondering the same thing - where can you go to swim, etc.?
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