Concern Over Flood Water Contaminants

ST. LOUIS (AP) __ Government scientists are evaluating samples of Mississippi River water taken from behind the Birds Point Levee in southeast Missouri, checking to see what sort of contaminants are flowing over fields and into homes following the intentional break.

Bob Holmes of the U.S. Geological Survey told The Associated Press Friday that water samples were taken in the days immediately after the Army Corps of Engineers used explosives to open a hole in the levee on May 2, flooding 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland. Results of the testing aren’t expected for several weeks.

John Schumacher of the USGS office in Rolla says scientists are looking at metals, nutrients, bacteria and pesticides flowing into the area of the breach, as well as the amount of sediment  coming down the flooded river.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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