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Flint Riverkeeper begins sampling program to test river waters

Flint Riverkeeper just started sampling the water in the river last week. / Mary Green

Right now, information about the condition of the Flint River and just what is in its waters is not easy to find, according to Flint Riverkeeper, which said they'll be working to change that soon.

Flint Riverkeeper just started sampling the water in the river last week. Board Member David Dixon said they can complete nine different tests, including bacteria, phosphates and pH levels, plus temperature.

Riverkeeper members were trained through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's Adopt-a-Stream program.

Dixon said they had been planning this for about a year, before multiple recent sewage overflows into the Flint River.

He said the results are not available just yet, but when they are, they want to make sure the public has access to them.

"We're going to start posting that on our website," Dixon said. "We're doing tests all up and down the river, but especially around Albany because of the recent issues we've had here."

Dixon said they also plan to work with local students and other groups to show them how they can test the water in the river.

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