E.Coli detected in Cowarts Creek, cleanup beginning soon

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HOUSTON COUNTY, Al. (WTVY) --- E-coli was detected in Cowarts Creek more than a year ago. Now, Houston County is taking steps to handle the bacteria issue.

"We do have a lot of people fishing in this creek and swimming and those kinds of things", said Glenda Yohn, of the Houston County Conservations District.

The Alabama department of Environmental Management found e-coli in Cowarts in a study released last year. ADEM says for a 35 mile stretch of the creek from Dothan to Marianna, traces were found.

"In a situation like this, it's called non-point source, we don't know where it's coming from", said Yohn.

Cowarts Creek flows into the Chipola river. Yohn says E.coli hasn't been detected in the river. But it’s in the creek and that possess dangers to those who come into contact with it.

So far, Yohn said, there's been no report of human sickness. Months after the detection of bacteria cleanup is about to begin.

"We’re going to take it in sections. We’re going to start with the north section and we are in that process right now. the very beginning of seeing how many farmers, how many land owners", said Yohn.

It is those farmers that will little by little remove e-coli from the creek. They'll be paid for their efforts.