River contamination by paper mill effluents

The Pigeon River study.

Bioindicator studies have been conducted on the Pigeon River in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee since 1989 to determine the effects of a large paper mill on the health of fish populations in the river. Before 1993, the river was severely contaminated by mill discharges, but extensive modernization efforts at the mill since then have resulted in some recovery of the aquatic communities downstream of the mill discharge.

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