The Middle Fork is Our River. Let's protect it
These photos, taken May 2, 2018, show that riverbank erosion is much worse along the Old East and North Ash Pits than observed in September 2017, when we last paddled the river. This is likely a result of the recent February 2018 storm event, when record floods raised water levels to 18+ feet, and the associated 39,000 cfs downed trees and moved boulders downstream.

Many of these photos show that the Old East and North Ash Pits continue to actively leach coal ash pollutants into the groundwater and surface water. This includes toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, barium, boron, chromium, iron, lead, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, and sulfate. Exposure to these toxics raises the risk for cancer, heart disease, and stroke, and can inflict lasting brain damage on children.
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