The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that a massive bar of coal ash about 75 feet long and as much as 5 feet deep has been detected on the bottom of the Dan River, according to the Associated Press.
Deposits have been found up to 5 inches deep, crossing state lines into Virginia and to Kerr Lake.
Officials are concerned that the contaminated water have a negative impact on fish life.
The public is encouraged to avoid contact with the water.
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