The latest water quality test results from the lower Neuse River show elevated levels of fecal coliform.
Fecal coliform is a bacteria found in the digestive system of warm-blooded animals, and is excreted in the waste. When found in elevated levels in rivers, stream, creeks or lakes, high fecal coliform levels are an indicator that a release of potentially dangerous amounts of the bacteria has occurred.
Larry Baldwin says he has taken samples from several locations along the main body of the Trent River since Hurricane Irene. The bacteria has showed up in many of those samples. Baldwin says in upper portions of the river especially, the large number of hog and chicken farms along the 71 miles of the river are likely contributing factors.
Baldwin says he will continue to test the water quality until normal test results occur.