Tests point to safe water in Thread Lake following dam breach


FLINT, MI--Following a breach at the Thread Lake dam in February this year the Flint River Watershed Coalition investigated concerns about sediment and potential contaminants in the dam and found no significant issues, the coalition recently reported. 

The the Flint River Watershed Coalition conducted a series of two tests at the lake and downstream in Thread Creek. The first test looked at the amount of organic waste in the water and the second included sediment samples that were sent to Brighton Analytical, a private lab that tested for contaminants, including heavy metals 
and petroleum by-products.

"While we cannot state definitively that the sediments in Thread Lake and Thread Creek are free of these contaminants, the results we obtained did not indicate elevated levels of these compounds at the three sites tested," a release from the coalition reads. 


All results will be shared with City of Flint officials, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For additional information of the Flint River Watershed Coalition, visit www.flintriver.org

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