High bacteria levels highlight dangerous conditions in James River

High bacteria levels highlight dangerous conditions in James River
The James River has dangerous levels of bacteria following recent heavy rain.

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The James River Association is warning about high levels of bacteria in the water.

With heavy rain, sewer systems can overflow, and that runoff ends up in the river. The heavy rain also means higher water levels, faster currents and increased sediment, all of which make the water unsafe.

Most sites in Richmond are currently deemed unsafe for swimming.

Before venturing into the water, check out the report on James River Watch to see what the conditions are.

Currently, the river is showing good boating conditions at Bent Creek, but other areas are considered dangerous, including the areas surrounding Richmond.

The river is at 8.24 feet, just below the mandatory high water permit level of 9 feet.

For more information about protecting the James River and how you can help, visit riverhero.org.

Richmond has an automated system that issues email alerts when a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) occurs.

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