Spill sends sewage into Oregon river

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Associated Press

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

GARDINER, Ore. (AP) — A weekend break in a sewer line connecting the Oregon coast communities of Gardiner and Reedsport has sent an estimated 50,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Umpqua River.

The World newspaper reports (http://is.gd/C8FoqZ) that the Gardiner Sanitary District shut down the line and sewage has been rerouted through a temporary pipe.

Oregon Agriculture Department shellfish specialist Alex Manderson says the spill was significant but adds that the volume of water involved does dilute it somewhat. Manderson asked local oyster farmers to delay harvesting for a few days. He said the spill shouldn't affect fish.

The newspaper says the broken line carries Gardiner's sewage beneath the Umpqua River to the Reedsport sewage treatment plant.

Sanitary District manager Ray Davenport says the line was built in the late 1960s.

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Information from: The World, http://www.theworldlink.com

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