6.03.2020 Manassas Run along Dismal Hollow Road in Warren County update
Both Warren County and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VA DEQ) representatives have been to the site four or five times of the unnamed tributary contaminating Manassas Run with E. coli, sediment, and discoloration. Warren County and VA DEQ have been responsive, reactive, and open to sharing information. The draining of the containment basin is being done by Norfolk Southern Railroad so that the culvert that handles the overflow from the basin can be replaced. My understanding is that VA DEQ directed Norfolk Southern Railroad to immediately stop the discharge until satisfactory erosion and sediment measures were put in place to stop the discharge of the polluted water into Manassas Run. When I visited the site today I found a berm that was constructed out of rocks and gravel to filter and slow the flow of the discharge. It was not working, as seen in these pictures. While at the site I called VA DEQ. As it turns out, VA DEQ had also been at the site today with representatives from Norfolk Southern Railroad. VA DEQ informed Norfolk Southern Railroad that the berm was not sufficient an additional erosion and sediment measures were mandated.
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