The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has been working with federal state and local crews to clean-up the water contaminated with sewage in Tracy City.
The Little Fiery Gizzard Creek is the main waterway that cuts through Tracy City and Grundy State Forest. Officials say they knew there were problems with it back in 1999 when folks started complaining of a bad smell and their kids getting sick after playing in it.
When they discovered raw sewage was dumping into the creek, they posted signs and held public meetings to warn everyone to stay away from the water all together.
With fecal contamination, anyone touching it was at risk for getting sicknesses like Ecoli and Strep or other illnesses.
Tracy City partnered with the town of Monteagle to run a new sewage line. But, then they discovered the problem stretched beyond that.
That made the sewage project much more extensive and kept the creek closed year after year.
Friday, after thirteen years and over $1 million later, the signs are coming down.
The sewage system was completed two years ago. Friday’s water tests show the water has finally rebounded and there are no more traces of contamination.
Local leaders say they’re starting the process of notifying the public that Little Fiery Gizzard Creek is safe to swim and fish in.
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