BREVARD, N.C. (AP) — Environmentalists are using a new task force in western North Carolina to test and monitor for E. coli and sewage leaks draining into the French Broad Watershed.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reports MountainTrue has collected data showing increased levels of E. coli in the watershed. It points to aging infrastructure and leaking private treatment systems as the culprits.

By taking regular water samples, officials hope to identify hot spots and track down the sources of leaks — where human waste is entering local rivers and streams — and end the pollution.

The French Broad Riverkeeper is also involved in keeping an eye on the watershed.

A meeting scheduled for Wednesday was designed to train interested volunteers in proper sampling techniques and given them their own sampling territories.


Information from: Times-News,