Wastewater found near Byrnes Mill beach

Thursday, August 26, 2010 | 6:31 p.m. CDT

BYRNES MILL — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is investigating after an inspection determined that sewage sludge from an eastern Missouri wastewater treatment facility was being released near a swimming beach.

DNR staff found the release during a regular inspection Wednesday of the treatment facility for the city of Byrnes Mill in Jefferson County. DNR says a substantial amount of wastewater sludge was found near the confluence of Heads Creek and Big River — across from Rockford Beach Park.

The park is used for fishing and swimming.

Cleanup is under way, and DNR says it is working with the city to determine the cause of the release.

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