- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Water testing of creek and other waterways that flow into and through Congaree National Park have found harmful levels of medicines and sewage.

The State of Columbia reports (http://bit.ly/1w7aVsn ) that the preliminary findings of water studies were released by the U.S. Geological Survey last week.

The survey found traces of birth control drugs and medicines to control diabetes were in the park’s waterways, along with E. coli bacteria that could come from improperly treated sewage.

Park officials say those chemicals come from outside South Carolina’s only national park, so they will need the community’s help to fix the problem.

Experts say leaking septic tanks and small sewage plants that fail can cause problems. Leaders are trying to get a regional sewer system for the neighborhoods around the park.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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