With summer under way -- people are taking a dip in rivers and creeks for relief and relaxation. But some say they're leary about setting foot in some local waterways.
One of those is the Tar river. Concerns range from how dirty it looks to the idea of snakes lurking beneath those murky waters.
Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Heather Deck says the river's color is a result of tanic acids which is a break down of the soils and the organic matter and that it is naturally brown. It's no indication that it's dangerously dirty. Deck says, "The Tar River for the most part is a very clean system -- the only time there are recommendations to limit exposure are especially here more in Beaufort County -- a little less more up the river in Greenville -- is if a fish kill is going on in the summertime.
Deck says those fish kills can happen as a result of algae blooms -- which can result from high nutrients in the water.
As for snakes -- they are there -- but the riverkeeper says as long as you leave them alone, they should leave you alone. She says in her ten years here she's never seen a venomous snake on the Tar River.