The next time you are fishing and decide to bite your fly off your tippet, instead of using those fingernail clippers (or nippers for you gadget folks) on your vest, you might want to think twice. It seems those rivers that flow through those cow pastures might be carrying something else along with fish and bugs. A recent article in South Carolina's The State.com advises that high levels of Fecal Coliform have been found in the Congaree River.
A site is considered risky when more than 10 percent of samples exceed 400 counts per 100 milliliters of water, officials said. It is one of 18 sites statewide that have warning notices to swimmers.
Levels at the Blossom Street bridge were at 560 and 940 counts, officials said.
Coliform mostly comes from leaky septic tanks, sewer spills and animal droppings, DHEC officials said.
No real surprises here, most country boys and girls realize that a river flowing through even the most scenic pasture land is bound to get a regular dose of cow flop.