Many people in Adams County were surprised recently to wake up and see a local stream looking almost like a light brown lava flow, or maybe like thick dirty dishwater.

In the event I’m thinking of, it turned out the pollutant was mostly clay, not a bunch of nasty chemicals, and the leak that caused it was quickly stopped. That was a relief, but it cannot have been good for any fish or other wildlife living in that stream, and it was quite upsetting to anyone who saw it.

Cliff Frost is a recent transplant to Pennsylvania and a member of the board of the Watershed Alliance of Adams County.

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